https://www.duolingo.com/Barbeito

"É um dia histórico."

January 9, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Barbeito

Actually it should be "an historic" because the stress is on the second syllable and in such word beginning with "h" the indefinite article should be "an" and not "a". However I did not dare write this for fear of loosing a heart. But it should be accepted as correct.

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/srshti
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I thought the rule always was whether the "h" was silent or not. In the case of "historic" the "h" is pronounced, and hence "a".

March 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jgritty
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It just says you have a typo.

February 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/drewarnold72

Barbeito is correct. Here's a quick and dirty link that explains when to use 'a' vs 'an' and lists some of the exceptions: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/591/1/

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Davu
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Just as srshti says it depends on how you choose to pronounce the words (by dropping the 'h' or not). There is probably no real right or wrong though, at least for words like "historic". See http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/a-historic-event-or-an-historic-event for a discussion tuned to this particular word (they don't agree with Barbeito). If you think that link has a British bias, never fear, the US Merriam-Webster Dictionary doesn't agree either: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/historic.

What probably fooled you is that the only 'h' words discussed in your link do not sound the 'h' and therefore take "an".

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/drewarnold72

Hmm. This serves to remind me how accomplished I am at making mistakes in my own language. :)

July 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kcmurphy
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Both are perfectly acceptable in English. In other words, neither is wrong :)

June 10, 2016

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I'm a little bit confused. I thought it would be "historical day". Could anyone explain, when to use historical and when historic?

August 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/srshti
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From the Oxford Dictionary: "Historic and historical are used in slightly different ways. Historic means ‘famous or important in history’, as in a historic occasion, whereas historical means ‘concerning history or historical events’, as in historical evidence: thus a historic event is one that was very important, whereas a historical event is something that happened in the past."

August 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/moostela
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Thank you. I got it. I think this is a historic day (at least for me) :)

August 3, 2013
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