grammar correction chap 4.1 LFS 6.6

stosss stosss at
Tue Mar 9 18:53:04 PST 2010

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 9:32 PM, stosss <stosss at> wrote:
> Paul Brians
> Emeritus Professor of English
> Washington State University
> If the word following begins with a vowel sound, the word you want is
> “an”: “Have an apple, Adam.” If the word following begins with a
> consonant, but begins with a vowel sound, you still need “an”: “An
> X-ray will show whether there's a worm in it.” It is nonstandard and
> often considered sloppy speech to utter an “uh” sound in such cases.
> The same rule applies to initialisms like “NGO” (for “non-governmental
> organization”). Because the letter N is pronounced “en,” it’s “an NGO”
> but when the phrase is spoken instead of the abbreviation, it’s “a
> non-governmental organization.”
> When the following word definitely begins with a consonant sound, you
> need “a”: “A snake told me apples enhance mental abilities.”
> Note that the letter Y can be either a vowel or a consonant. Although
> it is sounded as a vowel in words like “pretty,” at the beginning of
> words it is usually sounded as a consonant, as in “a yolk.”
> Words beginning with the letter U which start with a Y consonant sound
> like “university” and “utensil” also take an “a”: “a university” and
> “a utensil.” But when an initial U has a vowel sound, the word is
> preceded by “an”: it’s “an umpire,” “an umbrella,” and “an
> understanding.”
> As found at:
> also see:
> and

The articles "a", "an" and "the" can be dropped when there is only one.

"You are doing an su to root" implies there are more su to root
commands. There is only one su, switch user or super user command.

"You are doing the su to root" or "you are doing su to root", these
are correct but "a su" and "an su" are incorrect.

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