Introduction to Grammar Guidelines

With texting, Facebook, and Twitter fast becoming main modes of communication, the new shorthand lingo that is developing will no doubt bring about a higher frequency of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. The rules that define proper English seem to fade into the distance as more people forget them and replace that knowledge with acronyms such as OMG and LOL. The hope for this site is to reinforce proper English grammar and continue to encourage eloquent writing and speech.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A vs. An

Many people get confused about whether to use "a" or "an" before words such as "historic" or "hospital." The key to proper use is this... use "a" before words that begin with a consonant sound (e.g., a computer); use "an" before words that begin with a vowel sound (e.g., an anomaly). When the "h" is pronounced, such as with "historic," you use "a" (e.g., a historic day for the U.S.).

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