Contact us

An Hour or A Hour - Learn the Differences

vocabulary
An Hour or A Hour

Spelling and pronunciation do not always go hand-in-hand in English.  The way a word is spelt does not always give us an indication of how it is pronounced.  English has a lot of silent letters and it can be difficult to know which letters are silent and which are not.  The pronunciation rule for choosing between the indefinite articles ‘a’ and ‘an’ relies on the pronunciation of the word that follows and not the spelling of the word that follows. Learning when to pronounce letters and when not to will help improve your English pronunciation skills.    

 

An Hour

Based on spelling and not pronunciation, it may appear as though ‘a hour’ is the correct form, however, this is incorrect.  The correct form is ‘an hour.’  

 

What An Hour Means

An hour means one hour.  ‘A’ and ‘an’ are indefinite articles so an hour refers to any hour.  An hour is equal to 60 minutes and there are 24 hours in one day.  

 

Why Do We Say An Hour?

The ‘h’ at the beginning of ‘hour’ is silent.  If we look at the phonetic spelling of ‘hour’ /aʊr/, we can see that it begins with a vowel sound and not a consonant sound.  All words that start with a vowel sound must be preceded by the indefinite article ‘an.’

 

Grammar Rules for An Hour 

Grammatically, the indefinite article we use when a word begins with a vowel sound is ‘an.’  This is easy to identify in ‘an apple,’ ‘an umbrella,’ and ‘an elephant.’  However, there are instances when the written form of the word and the way it is pronounced are different and it’s less obvious which indefinite article precedes the word.

For example, some words that are spelled with a vowel in the beginning take ‘a,’ as in ‘a uniform’ and some words that are spelled with a consonant in the beginning take ‘an,’ as in ‘an hour.’  This is because ‘uniform’ starts with a consonant sound and ‘hour’ starts with a vowel sound in spoken English

 

A Hour

‘A hour’ looks like the correct form when it is written down but it does not sound right when spoken.  The written form must follow the spoken form and not vice versa.  Knowing these rules will improve your English writing skills.  This is true when we are deciding whether to use ‘a’ or ‘an’ with all words.  Focus on the pronunciation of the words instead of the spelling of the words.  

 

Is It Correct to Say A Hour

‘A hour’ is not correct.  However, not all words that begin with ‘h’ follow this same rule.  It all depends on the pronunciation of the word.

 

We say:

An honest man;

An hour;

A home;

A horse;

A house.

 

Some words, like ‘herb,’ are pronounced differently with different accents.  Some English accents pronounce the ‘h’ sound so ‘a herb’ is correct.  Other English accents drop the ‘h’ sound so ‘an herb’ is correct too. 

 

Is It An Hour or A Hour

‘An hour’ is correct.  We say ‘an hour’ because ‘hour’ is pronounced with a vowel sound in the beginning and the ‘h’ is silent.  We also say ‘an honour’ and ‘a horrible movie’ because the ‘h’ is silent in ‘honour’ and voiced in ‘horrible.’

 

What is English Everyday

English-Everyday is an English course with live lessons for English learners who want to improve their English with native speakers, professional teachers, and students from around the world

 

You have live lessons where you can join every day. You can review all record lessons. There is a calendar of scheduled lessons so you can see when lessons are and at what time you can join.

 

In the English-Everyday program, you have support and also you have student chat where you can speak with other students from all around the world. You can look at our feedback page so that you can know from which countries our students are. Before you join our program, we strongly recommend you sign up for our free seminar with Kris Amerikos, where you can learn:

 

  • What goals you need to have to get better results 
  • How to become fluent in English very quickly
  • What you need to do to have perfect pronunciation
  • The 3 biggest mistakes you need to avoid
  • Which free resources will help you learn English
  • The best resource to use to improve your speaking

English courses that get results.

Individual courses, group courses, professional courses, intensive courses, and more.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIVE  SPEAKING COURSE

English-Everyday

Online English Classes

  • SPEAK LIVE face-to-face with a native teacher every day.
  • Master pronunciation by regular speaking practice with partners.
  • Topics that will help you in real life.
  • Speak and BE UNDERSTOOD by people around the world.
  • BONUS: Full Intermediate Course
  • BONUS: Full Upper-Intermediate Course
  • BONUS: Job Interview Course
  • SUPER BONUS: More than 5,000 self-study lessons
Learn more about English-Everyday

PREMIUM COURSES

Level Up 

Personal And Professional Growth

  • INDIVIDUAL LESSONS: 8 private classes per month
  • SPEAK LIVE: 90 speaking lessons per month with native teachers.
  • SIGNATURE PROGRAM: Full Level Up training portal
  • Placement test and certificate of completion
  • BONUS: Weekly coaching calls with Kris Amerikos
  • BONUS: Private community to ask questions 24/7
  • BONUS: Level Up Mindset Course with advanced vocabulary
  • SUPER BONUS: Personal welcome call with Kris Amerikos
Learn more about Level Up

Teaching Business Catalyst

Start Or Grow Your Business

  • SELL YOUR KNOWLEDGE to people who need it
  • SIGNATURE PROGRAM: Step-by-step business growth
  • Create a COURSE OR PRODUCT and a high-ticket offer
  • PLATFORM: Collect payments and deliver your services 
  • PROMOTION: Set up and launch PROFITABLE ads
  • BONUS: Weekly coaching calls with Kris Amerikos
  • BONUS: Private community to ask questions 24/7
  • BONUS: Simplified Organic Growth Course
  • SUPER BONUS: Personal welcome call with Kris Amerikos
  • SUPER BONUS: 90 days of personal coaching
Learn more about Teaching Business Catalyst

STANDARD ONLINE ENGLISH COURSES

General English

Speaking about a wide range of useful topics that will improve your confidence and fluency. Learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar while speaking with teachers and other students.

Learn more

Business English

Level up in your career. Our method will help you get promotions, pay raises, larger contracts, new clients, and more. Let us show you how English can grow your bottom line.

Learn more

Travel English

Make new friends in new places around the world and maximize your travel experience. Learn how to enhance your adventure through clever communication and make unforgettable connections.

Learn more

Corporate Training

Get detailed reports detailing ROI and learning progress. Your account manager will create a custom learning plan based on your needs. Learn according to your timetable with our flexible scheduling 24/7.

Learn more

English courses that get results.

Individual courses, group courses, professional courses, intensive courses, and more.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIVE  SPEAKING COURSE

English-Everyday

Online English Classes

  • SPEAK LIVE face-to-face with a native teacher every day.
  • Master pronunciation by regular speaking practice with partners.
  • Topics that will help you in real life.
  • Speak and BE UNDERSTOOD by people around the world.
  • BONUS: Full Intermediate Course
  • BONUS: Full Upper-Intermediate Course
  • BONUS: Job Interview Course
  • SUPER BONUS: More than 5,000 self-study lessons
Learn more about English-Everyday

PREMIUM COURSES

Level Up 

Personal And Professional Growth

  • INDIVIDUAL LESSONS: 8 private classes per month
  • SPEAK LIVE: 90 speaking lessons per month with native teachers.
  • SIGNATURE PROGRAM: Full Level Up training portal
  • Placement test and certificate of completion
  • BONUS: Weekly coaching calls with Kris Amerikos
  • BONUS: Private community to ask questions 24/7
  • BONUS: Level Up Mindset Course with advanced vocabulary
  • SUPER BONUS: Personal welcome call with Kris Amerikos
Learn more about Level Up

Teaching Business Catalyst

Start Or Grow Your Business

  • SELL YOUR KNOWLEDGE to people who need it
  • SIGNATURE PROGRAM: Step-by-step business growth
  • Create a COURSE OR PRODUCT and a high-ticket offer
  • PLATFORM: Collect payments and deliver your services 
  • PROMOTION: Set up and launch PROFITABLE ads
  • BONUS: Weekly coaching calls with Kris Amerikos
  • BONUS: Private community to ask questions 24/7
  • BONUS: Simplified Organic Growth Course
  • SUPER BONUS: Personal welcome call with Kris Amerikos
  • SUPER BONUS: 90 days of personal coaching
Learn more about Teaching Business Catalyst

STANDARD ONLINE ENGLISH COURSES

General English

Speaking about a wide range of useful topics that will improve your confidence and fluency. Learn vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar while speaking with teachers and other students.

Learn more

Business English

Level up in your career. Our method will help you get promotions, pay raises, larger contracts, new clients, and more. Let us show you how English can grow your bottom line.

Learn more

Travel English

Make new friends in new places around the world and maximize your travel experience. Learn how to enhance your adventure through clever communication and make unforgettable connections.

Learn more

Corporate Training

Get detailed reports detailing ROI and learning progress. Your account manager will create a custom learning plan based on your needs. Learn according to your timetable with our flexible scheduling 24/7.

Learn more

Start learning English now.

The most effective online language learning school.

Just in case you missed anything.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about our online English courses.

The number one English program on the planet.


The number one English program on the planet.

Terms and conditions

Privacy policy

Data protection

Disclaimer