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November 17, 2019
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The rule speedwell2 suggests does not seem to explain why we (I think) say "a history book" but "an historical event".
I have come to the conclusion that we use 'a' where the accent is on the first syllable, and 'an' where the accent is on any syllable, other than the first. It works in most cases, but I can recall once were it did not seem to work.
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