Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site
Tropical Fish Forums
Aquarium fishkeeping around the world!
 
ChatChat  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
anyone ever wondered?
 Forum Index > Aqua Lounge  Reply to topic   Post new topic
Author Message
59FIFTY
Regulars


Joined: 20 Aug 2009
Location: Memphis Tennessee

PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)1:09    Post subject: anyone ever wondered? Reply with quote

Has anyone else other than me ever wondered why your teachers in grade school said that if an article (part of speech) is followed by a vowel the article will be written/said as "an" not "a" (e.g.) instead of saying "I saw an cat" it would be "I saw a cat", or instead of "I have a aquarium" it would be "I have an aquarium" (most likely "I have many aquariums") haha. But anyways back on topic. I was wondering why there are some cases this isnt true. I know it wouldnt sound right otherwise but I was never told that there were any exceptions. The only two I can think of are "Is that a European country?" and "Only females have a uterus" (not too appropriate but it makes sense) My teachers told me that the rule always applies. But that isnt true is it?

side note. What is the only english word with out a vowel. (no cheating)
_________________
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
unissuh
Advisors


Joined: 29 Mar 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia

PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)7:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because it's the phonetic sound of the word that governs the use of a/an, not the written letter. Goes the other way from what you describe too - "an hour" for example.

What do you mean only English word without a vowel - written or phonetic? Hymn, rhythm, sky, cry, why, shy, pygmy, myrrh and so on...
_________________
Fishing in the Rivers of Light
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
59FIFTY
Regulars


Joined: 20 Aug 2009
Location: Memphis Tennessee

PostPosted: 2011.01.07(Fri)15:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

tahts true I didn't think of those. and english word without "y"being the "sometimes" vowel.
_________________
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Aqua Lounge All times are GMT - 6 Hours Reply to topic   Post new topic
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L