Dis Grammar experts, which of these sentences is correct?

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  1. moon

    moon DIS Veteran

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    He was wearing an NSF cap

    Or

    He was wearing a NSF cap?
     
  2. PrincessShmoo

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    I was taught if the word following "a" was a vowel sound at the beginning, it's "an". I guess "N" is sort of a vowel sound (eh-nnn). So I'd say He was wearing an NSF cap.
     
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  4. low-key

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    I must have been sick the day they taught us this
     
  5. Wubar

    Wubar What's this?

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    Agreed. Another example is to use the word "hour".

    "It's going to take an hour" is grammatically correct.

    "It's going to take a hour" is not grammatically correct.
     
  6. moon

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    Really? I thought the rule was applied without exception. "an" after a e i o u. N is a not a vowel. I'm having this argument with someone, and I was sure that the correct form is is "wearing a NSF cap" :confused:
     
  7. Wubar

    Wubar What's this?

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    Quick, someone type it into Microsoft Word and run the grammar check on it! :crazy:
     
  8. PrincessShmoo

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    Correct, "N" is not a vowel. I said "vowel sound" . "N" has an "eh" sound at the start of it (see what I did there?).

    Like saying "it was an honor to escort you". "H" is not a vowel, but the vowel sound "ah" starts word honor.
     
  9. PrincessShmoo

    PrincessShmoo DIS veteran

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    OK, I did that. Both are correct. :tilt:
     
  10. moon

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    Thanks :) You learn something new every day
     
  11. 3 MEN AND A BOAT

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    The first one needs a period, so lack of punctuation makes it wrong. The second ones wrong unless your trying to pose it as a question.
    So I say both are wrong, did I win?
     
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  12. NFLDERS

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    I vote for low-key. He gets an e for effort!
     
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  13. NFLDERS

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    Eh!
     
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  14. Grumpy's Gal

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    It’s based on sounds. “She has a one- track mind.”

    The word “ one” starts with O but you use “a” instead of “an” based on sound.
     
  15. SirDuff

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    Agreed. Go by how it sounds

    For example, it's an MBA (since the sound is 'em') but a Masters of Business Administration.
     
  16. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

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    He was wearing an NSF cap.

    He was wearing a North Shore Frogmen cap.
     
  17. Christine

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    We use a LOT of acronyms where I work so I see presentations/slides with this issue. Most people base it on sounds; however, I have seen people use an "an" in a situation like this because they believe that even though an acronym is there, you should "assume" the real word is there. Personally, I don't like that and I base it on sound.
     
  18. MommyinHonduras

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    I feel like I have been freed by this information. I speak based by sound but always wrote passed on letter and thought it awkward but correct grammar.
     
  19. L&Lfan

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    It's all about ease in pronuncuation. "An" goes before a vowel sound. Same concept with "the". It should be pronounced as "thee" before a vowel sound. It happens in other languages too, such as Spanish. For example, Mary and Elizabeth is María e Isabel, not María y Isabel. There's a technical name for it but I forget it.
     
  20. Pea-n-Me

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    "A NSF cap" sounds choppy.

    "An NSF cap" has a smoother flow.

    So I vote for "An NSF cap".
     
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  21. Micca

    Micca SAHG: Stay At Home Grandfather

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    So...everybody here knows what "NSF" is except me?:blush:
     

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