Found 6th Oct 2010
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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A, i think???

Sloth/Mod

US or English book?

Rule is...
If it sounds right then it is right
.....with a few exceptions

An sf novel doesn't sound right to me, whereas A sf novel does.

urmmm?

So I would say

An SF novel
A Sci fi novel
Edited by: "Plum" 6th Oct 2010

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

Becksdawe

I thought rule of thumb was if the second word begins with a vowel - then … 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'.

In this case, 'An' when abbreviated, A' when it's not.

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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.

Don't suppose this is a list of words for the letters of the alphabet?
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Edited by: "Plum" 6th Oct 2010

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" 6th Oct 2010

Banned

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!

You might find this useful: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/a.html

Sorry, that didn't paste properly. You need the whole link,not just the blue bit.

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Thanks guys!
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