Posted on 10/22/2018 at 10:30 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sometimes the language rules we were taught as kids turn out to have been a bit oversimplified, especially if your adult career involves creative writing.

Remember learning to never start a sentence with “but” ... and later finding out that you can certainly get away with it?

And that you use “a” before words that start with consonants and “an” before ones beginning with vowels ... and then realizing you’d never actually say “a hour” or “an one-track mind”?

Even if you’re confident in your a/an distinctions, you’ll enjoy having Grammar Girl’s explanation of when to break the rules handy in case you’re ever wrongly accused of being, well, wrong.

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