Would you mind if I ask where you're from? I would always say "a historic". It seems some English words starting with "h" are always voiced (happy, hulk) others are always unvoiced (hour), and some vary by region (herb). To my ears Historic is voiced and takes "a"; "an historic moment" sounds as weird as when people pronounce "huge" as if it started with a vowel.
Actually, this is one of those words where either one is correct. I usually use a, but an sounds correct. The pronunciation of the h is kind of weak, and some dialects don't pronounce it.. The rule actually relies on the sound of the following word, but some interpret that as the letter it's written with. . Teachers drummed it into my head too, requiring me to write things like an unicorn (and with one teacher, an house) - but good writers don't do it that way, and - teachers are often wrong.
It's absolutely correct. It's far more common, and plenty of reputable sources insist that it's the only correct form. I wouldn't go so far as to call "an historic" improper though, both sound ok to me.
This is really interesting! I just learnt about the difference between "historic" and "historical". If I understood it correctly, "historical" means that it happened in the past and "historic" means that it is important in history, right?
As far as I know, we use "historisk" for both. ("Historiskt" with an ending "t" above, since "ögonblick" is an ett-word.)
Edit: Mixed up historic and historical.
Hej there, thanks for replying. You have the right distinction, but you have the terms reversed. "Historical" simply means that it happened in the past regardless of any significance, and "historic" means that it is important or significant to history. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/historic-versus-historical
The problem really isn't with the -t at the end, but rather because of the "skt" sound not being nice to English-native tongues. From my experience, many Swedish people don't pronounce the "k" in such words so I believe many people would say historisst instead.
Now try saying "västkustskt" :D
I know we have beaten this subject to death here, but following is a grammar reference that might help everyone: https://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/articles.htm
" An is used instead of a to make speaking easier. An is used when the first sound of the next word is a vowel sound. Note: Consonants can create a vowel sound, and vowels can create a consonant sound. The use of an is determined by the sound not the letter. "