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    a x-ray or an x-ray

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    Hi,

    from a speaking point of view, I'd say an x-ray, because is pronounce it with an [e] in the beginning, but how about written english. Is it grammatically correct to write an x-ray, even though the word doesn't start with a vowel or an "h"?

    Thanks for your answer

    Matti
    Verfassermatdom (901374) 11 Jan. 13, 13:31
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    an ... die Aussprache von x fängt mit einem Vokal an ...

    Hier finden sich viele Leo-Anfrage zu dem Thema : http://www.google.de/webhp?hl=de&tab=ww#hl=de...
    #1Verfasser no me bré (700807) 11 Jan. 13, 13:32
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    *Is it grammatically correct to write an x-ray, even though the word doesn't start with a vowel or an "h"?*

    Yes, yes, yes - it is absolutely correct, as has been explained countless times ...

    It was correct yesterday, and chances are it will still be correct tomorrow, or even next year.
    #2Verfasser Woody 1 (455616) 11 Jan. 13, 13:56
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    Oh, thank you very much.
    #3Verfassermatdom (901374) 11 Jan. 13, 13:58
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    You are very much welcome.
    #4Verfasser Woody 1 (455616) 11 Jan. 13, 13:59
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    Yes, it's correct to write an x-ray because the a/an rule is not about vowels but about a vowel sound. You write it the way you say it.
    #5Verfasser SD3 (451227) 11 Jan. 13, 14:00
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    ... no matter how many gazillions of Google hits seem to prove otherwise.
    #6Verfasser Woody 1 (455616) 11 Jan. 13, 14:03
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    ...and X-ray with a capital X...
    #7Verfasser virus (343741) 11 Jan. 13, 14:36
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    @ 7

    Dictionaries are equally divided on this matter, some give both. I usually write 'x-ray', sometimes my editors change it. I don't argue.
    #8Verfasser escoville (237761) 11 Jan. 13, 19:39
     
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