grammar correction chap 4.1 LFS 6.6

Mike Lynch mjlynch at mchsi.com
Wed Mar 10 03:28:51 PST 2010


stosss wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 9:32 PM, stosss <stosss at gmail.com> 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:
>>
>> http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/a.html
>>
>> also see:
>>
>> http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors
>>
>> and
>>
>> http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/index.html
>>
>>     
>
> 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.
>   

As I read it, the second paragraph above of Paul Brians supports the use 
of "an" over "a" because "su"
is an initialism where the first sound is "es".




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