Re: (teach) pronounciation of herb
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Main Entry: herb
Pronunciation: '&rb, US also and British usually 'h&rb
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>From: Nelson Bank <natlunla@...>
> >it is appropriate to say, "I have an herb garden."
>one ballot for "an herb garden"
>From: "Bruce Moon" <bmoon@...>Thanks Bruce,
>Here's one American who would say "an herb garden".
Why would you say "an" in front of "herb". You only should say "an" if the
next word begins with a vowel. Could it be the "h" is silent?
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I'm not sure what the fuss is about. Users of different
Englishes pronounce herb in different ways. Most users of
English choose a/an from pronunciation and so an herb and
a herb are both acceptable. Both are used by large numbers
of speakers of English. I teach what I use but I don't
decry other users' pronunciation and the associated
Votes for "an herb" or "a herb" don't get us anywhere.
Americans say "an 'erb" and others say "a herb". Can you
really say we Brits, Australians, South Africans are wrong
and Americans are right? Or vice versa? I think you have to
give learners your English but accept other major varieties.
Being too prescriptive in this instance is, I believe, a