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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"



 
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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an" #1 (permalink) Tue Sep 05, 2006 20:19 pm   Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #98 "Articles in English Grammar", question 8

How much will it cost to go on ......... holiday to Bali?

(a) a
(b) an
(c) the

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #98 "Articles in English Grammar", answer 8

How much will it cost to go on a holiday to Bali?

Correct answer: (a) a

Your answer was: incorrect
How much will it cost to go on an holiday to Bali?
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Why I have to use "a" instead of "an" if holiday starts with a vowel (h should not be relevant in this case, right)? Tks

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A/an #2 (permalink) Tue Sep 05, 2006 21:45 pm   A/an
 

The 'h' in the word 'holiday' is not silent. That's why you need the article 'a'. Use 'an' before a mute 'h' (in words like 'honest', 'honour' or 'hour', for example).
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A/an #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 06, 2006 14:14 pm   A/an
 

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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an" #4 (permalink) Thu Sep 07, 2006 15:22 pm   Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"
 

Hi,
Here I want to ask a stupid question! :P
Can I say" How much will it cost to go on holiday to Bali"?
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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an" #5 (permalink) Thu Sep 07, 2006 15:32 pm   Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"
 

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Yes, you can, FangFang.
(And it would probably cost about the same as going on vacation to Bali.) :D
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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an" #6 (permalink) Thu Sep 07, 2006 16:43 pm   Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"
 

hahaha, Amy's homour!!
Well, since I can say that, what is the difference ? "A" and without "A" here seem to be the same??
Go on holiday to Bali?
Go on a holiday to Bali?

I am opening a can of worms again! :lol: :P
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Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an" #7 (permalink) Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:30 am   Indefinite article: "a" vs. "an"
 

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Go on holiday to Bali?
Go on a holiday to Bali?

Hi FangFang

I'd say both sentences can be used with no difference in meaning. The decision to use or not to use the article is mainly a matter of personal preference in this case.

However, my feeling is that without "a" would be more common than with.

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