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RE: MG/Grammar

To: mgs@Autox.Team.Net,
Subject: RE: MG/Grammar
From: "Editors, Molecular Vision" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 08:46:03 -0400
>OK, I have a really stupid question...
>my English teacher was having a cow (or a Triumph) about me using "an MG"
>in a sentence I wrote.  I don't think I have ever seen "a MG" in my life,
>it just sounds dumb.  My teacher does have a point, but anyone know why we
>do this?

The Council of Biology Editors Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
(6th Ed., 1997) states that "a" is used before consonant _sounds_ and "an"
is used before vowel _sounds_ (my emphasis).

This is the most current grammar guide I have.

Clearly the "M" of "MG" begins with a vowel sound, making the use of "an"
correct in both speech and print.

Your teacher may want to update her reference guides.



Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD
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