Posted on | January 14, 2008 | 14 Comments
We are geeks. We’re capable of banging out instructions to computers in a plethora of languages. What escapes most of us is simple English. To our defense, English is not so simple.
I’ve been editing some documentation submitted for a few of the free software packages that I manage. I am compelled to preach to my fellow geeks the correct use of ‘a’ or ‘an’ in a sentence.
If the word coming after ‘a’ or ‘an’ starts with a vowel, use ‘an’. Otherwise, use ‘a’, simple, eh? Lets see some examples:
He was run over by an ostrich.
He was run over by a truck.