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Old 08-04-2018, 07:03 AM
 
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Should I say an operations research analyst position or a operations research analyst position?

If considering keyword position, I feel like I should use a; if considering the next word operations, I feel like I should use an.

Which is correct?

Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:37 AM
 
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You use a or an depending on the very next word. It's not like pluralizing something that you have to look down the sentence to figure out the noun you're making plural or singular. The use of a or an is to make the next sound sound better and easier to say. So you're not pronouncing two separate vowels together.

An operations analyst.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:37 AM
 
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I'm not a grammarian and there are so many rules and exceptions to rules, people could spend hours arguing over how many prepositions you should not end a sentence with. To me the simplest rule is "how does it sound when spoken aloud?" The ear is the best test. So "an Operations Research Analyst position" just sounds better. It just doesn't sound as awkward.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:15 AM
 
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Should I say an operations research analyst position or a operations research analyst position?

If considering keyword position, I feel like I should use a; if considering the next word operations, I feel like I should use an.

Which is correct?

Thanks.
Grammatically; you should use ‘an’ if the next word starts with a vowel.( a,e,i,o,u) everything else can be ‘a’
So unless you were beginning the job description with ‘Research’, you should use ‘an’.


Casually; you can use whatever sounds best.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:44 AM
 
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Should I say an operations research analyst position or a operations research analyst position?

If considering keyword position, I feel like I should use a; if considering the next word operations, I feel like I should use an.

Which is correct?

Thanks.
What are you talking about? Use of "a" and "an" is not governed by the noun at the end of a descriptive phrase. It's governed by whether the word following the article begins with a vowel or consonant.



BTW, grammar questions belong in the "Writing" forum.
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Old 08-04-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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Should I say an operations research analyst position or a operations research analyst position?

If considering keyword position, I feel like I should use a; if considering the next word operations, I feel like I should use an.

Which is correct?

Thanks.
an
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Old 08-04-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Is this, seriously, a question?
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Old 08-04-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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An.

Next question, please.
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:27 PM
 
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What are you talking about? Use of "a" and "an" is not governed by the noun at the end of a descriptive phrase. It's governed by whether the word following the article begins with a vowel or consonant.



BTW, grammar questions belong in the "Writing" forum.
Or sounds like it begins with a vowel ... e.g., say you are talking about a football game in the SEC. You'd say "an SEC game" even though S is not a vowel ... it's pronounced as "es".
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:23 PM
 
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...and if you really want to be pedantic, probably don't need 'analyst' and 'research' or even the word 'position'. It doesn't change the meaning much at all to say you're looking for an operations analyst or an operations researcher.
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