Yes, it really does matter. Especially to whomever is reading your writing.
One of the most common errors I see when reading online comments, stories, blog posts, etc. is the incorrect use of “a” and “an”.
A very simple rule can help you remember which one to use when. If the word following it starts with a consonant, you use “a”. If it starts with a vowel, you use “an”. Simple enough, right? Except for if the word starts with a consonant that is silent, so the word sounds like it starts with a vowel.
Are you still with me? Good. It will all look clear in a minute.
Such as, “I will be over in an hour.” Or, “I would like an honest answer.”
This also makes sense: “Can I have a pencil?”
Saying “Can I have an pencil?” is painful to read. And yes, I have read this…
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