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gharbi2009
Tunisia

a or an?
 
Should we use "a" or "an" before "habit"? thanks in advance for your help

15 Oct 2015      



ldeloresmoore
China

Use "a"....
 
Example -- I have a habit of always arriving at work 30 minutes early.....
 

15 Oct 2015     



CM ALBERT
France

a before consonant sounds and an before vowel sounds.
a habit ´h ´ sound ´
an hour vowel sound 

15 Oct 2015     



SaraMariam
United States

When the "h" is pronounced like in habit, house, hotel ... (you hear the h), then you use ´a ´.
If it is not pronounced like in honor, hour, heir (you don ´t hear the h), then you use "an".

15 Oct 2015     



gharbi2009
Tunisia

My question is whether "h" in habit is pronounced or not pronounced. That ´s what confuses me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15 Oct 2015     



t.gyorgyi
Hungary

It is pronounced! :)

15 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

...unless you come from London, innit? ;-)

15 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

List of words beginning with silent ´H ´
 
There are not many words in English that begin with a silent ´h.
 
I believe this is the complete list, but I am sure my more erudite colleagues may suggest more.
 
hour - hourly
honour - honourably etc ( ´honor ´ in the USA)
honest - honestly etc
heir - heirloom etc

I think in the USA ‘herb’ is often pronounced without a voiced initial ‘h’. I ´d be interested to learn from any American linguists out there if this is a regional thing, or a status thing or just ´weird people with their own idiolect thing ´.
 
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15 Oct 2015     



yanogator
United States

@Tapioca

Most people in the US do not pronounce the h in herb (except when it is a man ´s name).

 
Bruce 

15 Oct 2015     



Tapioca
United Kingdom

Ha! I suspected that Yanogator, but didn ´t like to speak out of turn. Thank you!
 
The following is NSFW (F-word is used a lot) but there ´s a funny video about the US/British differences if you search for:
       ´Eddie Izzard British vs American English herb ´.
 

15 Oct 2015     



gharbi2009
Tunisia

thank you all for your help

15 Oct 2015