How an SNES brought a family together on Christmas

Bitmob Community Writer James Pugh: One Christmas morning, my grandfather changed my life by presenting me with a Super Nintendo.

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THR1LLHOUSE2545d ago

Comma bro.

But srsly, it is a nice story.

Grampa's are cool...even when they're mysteriously estranged like this one.

kcuthbertson2545d ago

I like the story, but I seriously wish people would learn when to use "an vs. a". You only use an when the following word starts with a vowel. "an SNES" sounds completely awkward.

Agent Smith2545d ago

Grammar on the internet? No wai

kcuthbertson2545d ago

Lol I know it's wishful thinking, just trying to spread some knowledge...not be a dick or anything =]

jeeves862545d ago (Edited 2545d ago )

When you're referring to acronyms and many other words, it's the sound of the first letter that determines whether an 'a/an' precedes it. 'S' sounds like 'es' and 'an SNES' is proper.

There are a few exceptions to the rule of a/an, too. Words that begin with U but sound like they begin with Y, like union and unicorn don't require "an" and some words that start with H do, as in historic or honest. It all depends on the sound the word is making, not necessarily if it's a vowel or a consonant.


kcuthbertson2544d ago

I understand that, but SNES does not sound like eSNES...

"an SNES" is not correct.

You're other examples are, but not SNES.

jeeves862543d ago (Edited 2543d ago )

No...the letter S, if you pronounce it phonetically, sounds like 'ES.'

So 'an SNES' is proper, unless when you see an acronym, you automatically think of the entire word. An Super Nintendo Entertainment System would be incorrect, but 'an SNES' is totally correct, because the S that begins the acronym starts with S, which we already discussed sounds phonetically like 'ES.'

If you don't believe me...

pucpop2545d ago

we all know grandpas dark side. grandpa joe in the woodshed, choppin wood...

jeeves862545d ago

Aww, this is a cute story. Grandpa totally got him the SNES because it wasn't wrapped. If it was from Mom and Dad, it would have been wrapped with bows all over it. Grandpas are cool like that.