Students and sometimes even adults get confused with using “an” and “a”.
The word “an” is use with words beginning with vowels (a, e, i, o, u) such as an aeroplane, an ironboard and the word “a” is used with words beginning with consonants(b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,z) such as a cat,a table
But why do we use An honour instead of A honour in english?
Is it because of the silent H? Or Is there anymore?
Well,yeah today I will answer all these questions and a lot more!
Words that begin with vowels always have ‘an’ before them as it is easier to say, in the same way as ‘an’ before a word beginning with a consonant is quite hard.
Try saying ‘a honour’ or ‘an cat’ ;it’s more difficult than when you say ‘an honour’ or ‘a cat’!
As the ‘h’ is silent, the words phonetically starts with a vowel: ‘o’. Language is designed for speech, so adapts around how we say things.
In French, l’ instead ‘le’ or ‘la’ is used before a word beginning with a vowel, so that speech has more of a flow. eg. ‘l’oeuf’ instead of ‘le oeuf’.
They also use ‘l’ before all words beginning with h. eg. ‘l’hopital instead of ‘le hopital’. it is pronounced ‘lopital’.
Hope that helps and anymore related queries will be more than welcome!