“An R package” or “A R package”

March 26, 2011
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(This article was first published on Why? » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I’m currently writing some lecture notes on R and I used the phrase “a R package” without thinking. Since the word following the article “a” was a consonant, I automatically went for “a” instead of “an”. The problem is that “R” sounds likes a vowel, so “a R package” grates on the listener. The correct rule is to use “an” when the word following the article “sounds like a vowel”.

A quick google search suggests other people mess up too:

Who would have thought that people could be wrong on the internet…

 


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