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joshuav's avatar

Which indefinite article should i use before "one", eg, "a one dimensional line" or "an one dimensional line"?

Asked by joshuav (17points) June 25th, 2008
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shrubbery's avatar

Oops, sorry rob, I was a little too late

elchoopanebre's avatar

You should use “a” because even though “one” starts with a vowel it makes the consonant sound of “W.”

gailcalled's avatar

An ostrich, a unicorn, a whoop-de-do, a whippersnapper. English is very odd for the non-native speaker, and for some native speakers, also.

girlofscience's avatar

And “one dimensional” should be hyphenated because it precedes a noun.

robmandu's avatar

@gail, I agree. And on tangent, I’m increasingly of the opinion that I might start using mouses as a plural as that’s the more consistent form in general, especially if one wishes to consider houses as establishing precedent.

gailcalled's avatar

Here is a phunnee essay on hyphens

And another on The Semicolon

delirium's avatar

rob: I used to spend a lot of time with ESL students and still refer to things as mouses and fishies and sheepies. (the ies was my method of not sounding like a fool in other situations. Most just assumed I had a little sibling.

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