Is It a Historical or an Historical?

Both "a historical" and "an historical" are used, but the article "a" is far more common, particularly in American English.

Both "a historical" and "an historical" are used, but the article "a" is far more common, particularly in American English.

The paper takes a/an historical approach to economic policy.

Remember, choosing between "a" and "an" is determined by the sound of the initial letter of the following word rather than the letter itself.

It's a great city with a/an historical center, monuments, and museums.

Relative frequency of the phrases a historical and an historical in English
"A historical" vs. "an historical" in books through time
Source: Google Books Ngram Viewer

Follow the same practice with the words historic and historically.

It is a/an historically accurate depiction of the French Revolution.

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