Discussion in 'Community Board' started by moon, Jan 13, 2018.
He was wearing an NSF cap
He was wearing a NSF cap?
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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I must have been sick the day they taught us this
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.
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"
Quick, someone type it into Microsoft Word and run the grammar check on it!
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.
OK, I did that. Both are correct.
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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?
I vote for low-key. He gets an e for effort!
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.
Agreed. Go by how it sounds
For example, it's an MBA (since the sound is 'em') but a Masters of Business Administration.
He was wearing an NSF cap.
He was wearing a North Shore Frogmen cap.
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.
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.
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.
"A NSF cap" sounds choppy.
"An NSF cap" has a smoother flow.
So I vote for "An NSF cap".
So...everybody here knows what "NSF" is except me?
Separate names with a comma.