Words that start with h sometimes need an and sometimes need a
Both these words start with the letter h:
When you say history, you hear the h. So, you would write:
- I am writing a history about the lumberjacks in my state.
The letter h is silent in the word honor. And that is why you write:
- It is an honor to be here.
Typically, an is written before words that begin with a vowel or begin with a vowel sound.
But be careful of words that begin with u or o, such as: unicorn and one. Both words begin with a vowel, but the u sounds like you, and one sounds like it begins with w. So, you would write:
- A unicorn
- A one-time thing
- An uninformed man
- An on-and-off relationship