Re: D4 and D5 Winners

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Posted by Dick Shin Ary on February 21, 2020 at 14:55:42:

In Reply to: Re: D4 and D5 Winners posted by Grammarian on February 21, 2020 at 14:38:43:

: : : : : Now that we have reached the final four in all divisions.... who is advancing to the finals?

: : : : Oakwood and Valley Torah will win D4 and D5. Both programs are having an historic season.

: : : "A" historic season.

: : 5AA polls were trash
: : Arrowhead won easily
: : Other side of bracket is weak

: Actually, the second poster is correct that it's "a" historic, not "an" historic season.

: Why? Here's why:

: In all main varieties of English, the use of "an" as the article preceding historic (an historic) is an unnecessary affectation. The rule for the indefinite article is that we use "a" before words beginning with a consonant sound, and "an" before words beginning with a vowel sound. The "h" at the beginning of "historic" is a consonant sound, soft though it may be. As far as we know, there are no modern English dialects in which the "h" in historic is silent (like some people pronounce "huge" as "uge" with no "h" sound, or in the case of "historic" no one pronounces it "istoric"). So there’s no reason for anyone using modern English to use "an" instead of "a" before the word "historic", unless they want to sound really pedantic (kinda like this post is pedantic).

Many thanks for pointing this out. Valley Torah did lose to Arrowhead Christian while Oakwood did defeat Yeshiva. It has been "A" super season for both teams thus far. Tonight St Pius X plays Eastside. Winner will play Oakwood next week for the title. I salute all the teams for getting this far. Good luck moving forward!

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