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A SF novel or An SF novel?

REDRANGER86 Avatar
6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
SF being an acronym for Science fiction.

'An SF novel' was on the back of a book I bought. Is it correct?

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
A, i think???
[mod]#2
US or English book?
#3
Rule is...
If it sounds right then it is right
.....with a few exceptions
#4
An sf novel doesn't sound right to me, whereas A sf novel does.
#5
urmmm?

So I would say

An SF novel
A Sci fi novel

Edited By: Plum on Oct 06, 2010 10:00: urmm?
#6
I thought rule of thumb was if the second word begins with a vowel - then it's AN, if not it's an A.

So would be A science fiction Novel
#7
Becksdawe
I thought rule of thumb was if the second word begins with a vowel - then it's AN, if not it's an A.

So would be A science fiction Novel


A science fiction novel yes, but "an SF novel" also correct.

The 'word' for the letter S begins with an "E", so when the initials are used 'an' is correct. Much as 'an MP' is correct, but its 'a member of parliament'.
#8
In this case, 'An' when abbreviated, A' when it's not.

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#9
jah128
The 'word' for the letter S begins with an "E

I like this idea a lot jah128 had me mouthing the letter S to the monitor in slow motion a few times before i got it. :p

Don't suppose this is a list of words for the letters of the alphabet?
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Edited By: Plum on Oct 06, 2010 21:39: still checking edit fix
#10
It's the sound rather than the actual letter which is the deciding factor, therefore A Science Fiction Novel and An SF Novel.

Edited By: Turquoise on Oct 06, 2010 17:52: dyslexic fingers!!
banned#11
If you say it out aloud, it makes sense:

"A science fiction novel"

and

"An SF Novel"

As someone already said, abbreviated it should be "an" because if you say it out loud "A ess-eff novel" makes no sense!
#12
You might find this useful: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/a.html
#13
Sorry, that didn't paste properly. You need the whole link,not just the blue bit.
#14
Thanks guys!

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