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This is clearly an historic occasion
Feeling insecure? It's one thing to highlight part of another person's quote but the use of a bold font in your own post to call attention to your ostensibly suspect use of the word 'an' signals a craven "Look at me." cry for help.

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Both usages are sufficiently common to be considered correct in modern English.

You probably know the grammar rule that says you use an before vowel sounds (e.g. an accident, an item, an hour) and a otherwise; e.g. a book, a report, a hotel.

Following this rule, we would say "a historic", not "an historic".

Words of three or more syllables that start with h are treated differently by some speakers, though. For example, which of these pairs of sentences sounds correct to you?

* It is a historic occasion.
* It is an historic occasion.


* We can't agree on a hypothesis.
* We can't agree on an hypothesis.

A quick bit of Googling reveals that — as of August 2007 — the phrase "a historic" is used on 2.47 million pages (51%), and "an historic" on 2.39 million pages (49%).

This is a very even split and supports the view that which form you use is little more than a personal preference. Both usages are thus sufficiently common to be considered correct in modern English.
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Both usages are sufficiently common to be considered correct in modern English.
In this case, maybe so. But a problematic rule to apply generally. Else all pluralized words should now take apostrophe's (like that ) and the possessive form of it's (like that ) as well.

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Its killing me too read it. Please stop soon.

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Personally, I prefer an historic, as it's Englisher than the other form
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Its killing me too read it. Please stop soon.
LOL.... I'll do almost anything for a few bucks. Ask anyone.

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