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A or An before a vowel I have a strange recollection that an goes before hotel, can anyone explain this to me and am I right.
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I see an hotel, but a hotel is much preferred (or the correct way?).

There are h's that are pronounced very slightly, like in herbs: can be both pronounced with or without h.
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We had a discussion about that before and you can find some interesting replies there: A hotel, an hotel?
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Hotel

We have to keep 'an' before the hotel, because hotel sounds like 'oh'tel. Here 'h' is silent.
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Evrytime you have a voced H you have to use A.

e.g:

a hotel
a house
an hour
an heir
a haunted place
a hero
an honest man