"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."
Seems to me that Beirut would only be historical if it no longer existed, if it had been destroyed sometime in the past.
There are historic places and things that exist all over this globe and probably the moon and Mars too where humankind goes there is bound to be something of historic importance mars maybe some leaving of equipment when we get there eventually these most certainly be a heritage site
I did too and there is a difference between those two descriptions A historic district or heritage district is a city or section/s of a city which contain older buildings considered valuable for historical or architectural reasons. In some countries or jurisdictions, historic districts even receive legal protection and indeed places like Palestine Iraq etc are indeed historic in terms of age architecture and history historical simply means belonging to or concerning past eras
Duo must have corrected this. I wrote "a historic..." and it's counted as right. Personally, I think it sounds affected not to pronounce the H in "historic", imitating the French. Honest English pronounces H's. Except for "hour". I know I haven't got a leg to stand on because you can't expect language to be logical or consistent, but we all have our weaknesses.
First of all, Djibril487949, English orthography is highly illogical and unpredictable. But are you suggesting that words beginning with H and with the stress on the first syllable take "a", while if the stress is on the second, it takes "an" - ie the H is pronounced in the first case and not in the second? What about eg "harmonica" and "honorary"? Have you actually seen that "rule" written anywhere?
Wrong. The rule for 'a' versus 'an' has nothing to do with which syllable is stressed. Rather, it is determined by whether the following word begins with a vowel or a consonant. At least in American English, we do pronounce the H on historic therefore it should be 'a historic'. If in some other English it is pronounced as 'istoric' with a silent H then it would be "an (h)istoric".
In this you were correct an historic city is wrong undoubtably here is the rule A well known grammar rule says that we should use an before vowel sounds; for example, an accident, an item, an hour. We use a otherwise: a book, a hotel, a university. ... Following this rule, we would say a historic, not an historic because (for most speakers) historic doesn't start with a vowel sound. So duo put that in the old proverbial put and smoke it
However thinking on it I believe the indefinite article is sometimes determined by sound and dialect rather than a rule eg I personally would never say a hour or an hat but I belive when I hear a west Indian islander speaking say an hat but one wouldn't say an union or an United States citizen so it's really quite much of a muchness and not determined by the rule a e i o u takes an an so I think it's purely to do with sound don't know if that makes any sense