Re: "an SQL" vs. "a SQL"

From: Gavin Flower <GavinFlower(at)archidevsys(dot)co(dot)nz>
To: Isaac Morland <isaac(dot)morland(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: David Rowley <dgrowleyml(at)gmail(dot)com>, Daniel Gustafsson <daniel(at)yesql(dot)se>, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, PostgreSQL Developers <pgsql-hackers(at)lists(dot)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: "an SQL" vs. "a SQL"
Date: 2021-06-10 20:32:58
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On 11/06/21 8:17 am, Isaac Morland wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jun 2021 at 16:11, Gavin Flower
> <GavinFlower(at)archidevsys(dot)co(dot)nz <mailto:GavinFlower(at)archidevsys(dot)co(dot)nz>>
> wrote:
> On 11/06/21 2:48 am, Isaac Morland wrote:
> > “A MIT …”? As far as I know it is pronounced M - I - T, which would
> > imply that it should use “an”. The following page seems
> believable and
> > is pretty unequivocal on the issue:
> >
> >
> <>
> > <
> <>>
> >
> The rule is, in English, is that if the word sounds like it starts
> with
> a vowel then use 'an' rather than 'a'.  Though some people think that
> the rule only applies to words beginning with a vowel, which is a
> misunderstanding.
> So 'an SQL' and 'an MIT'  are correct.   IMHO
> Right, spelling is irrelevant, it's about whether the word begins with
> a vowel *sound*. Or so I've always understood and I'm pretty sure if
> you listen to what people actually say that's what you'll generally
> hear. So "A uranium mine" not "An uranium mine" since "uranium" begins
> with a "y-" sound just like "yesterday". The fact that "u" is a vowel
> is irrelevant. But then there is "an historic occasion" so go figure.
The 'h' in 'historic' is silent, at least it used to be -- I think now
it is almost silent.  So using 'an historic occasion' is correct.

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