"Fuori città c'è un palazzo storico."
Translation:Outside the city there is a historic palace.
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'an' is only used with certain pronunciation of the 'h'. 'hour' is pronounced with a silent h, so 'an hour'. 'historic' is pronounced with an audible 'h', so 'a historic something'. See also http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/a-historic-event-or-an-historic-event
Yes, I agree with your comment about the audible or soft pronunciation of the h. However, use of the article a with historic and historical is a bit variable as some speakers pronounce them with a soft h with which the "an" is more appropriate. Note however that the same speakers usually pronounce history with a more voiced h and so would use the article a. Thanks for your comment.
I'm a history student at grad school at an American university. We distinguish between "an historic" and "ahistoric." When speaking in class, we are careful not to say "a historic" because precision is necessary, and American culture has been infested with ahistoric information. In educated English, "an historic" is preferred, but we recognize that "a historic" is commonly used, and equally defensible.
Many people don't pronounce the "h", but whole point of this discussion is that both pronunciations should be accepted. I'm not suggesting that people who answer "a historic castle" should be marked wrong and lose a heart, just that DL should also accept "an historic castle".
We're translating into English and those translations need to accept a variety of English usages.
You are right....but boy, this is my pet peeve. Drives me nuts.....lol. Just to flog this dead horse once more, the English grammar rule is to use 'a' before a consonant SOUND (e.g, history, heart, hotel) and an before a vowel SOUND (e.g., 'hour' where the consonant 'h' is not pronounced). However, you may live in a region where the consonant sound in words such as 'herb' (pronounced erb in many places) is dropped. In that case, the word starts with a vowel SOUND and is used with 'an'.
'An' historic palace is perfectly correct British English and should therefore be accepted and not deemed to be a 'typo.' You will hear both 'a' and 'an' in everyday spoken English but the correct form is 'an' historic/historical but 'a' history (e.g. A History of the English speaking Peoples). It is also 'an' hotel, although some people may find this, and the distinction, old fashioned or pedantic.
In Ireland we pronounce the 'h' of historic but saying 'a historic' seems unnatural to me, 'an historic' sounds correct. I think both should be accepted by Duo.
I really despise the fact Duo is mainly in yank pidgin english and uses the yank flag to represent the english language. Not cool Duo, not cool.