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Friday 24th October 2014
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Why do we say "an historic"?

Question

In language why do put an 'an' before 'historic' not 'a'?
Neil, Croydon

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Terence, Brentwood
Qualification: Linguist
Answer: It’s a ridiculous affectation. You wouldn’t say “an history book”. It just sounds wrong. It dates back to Norman times when people didn’t pronounce the ‘h’, so used an instead of a.

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