I have found the following sentence with the strange placement of an indefinite article for me. As a non-native English speaker I quite wonder since it has been written by an English speaker indeed.

He was an in house counsel at The Cooperative League of the USA.

Why is an placed before in. Personally I would find that meanin otherwise.

Edit: Does it mean the same like this sentence? If so, why it's used an instead of a?

He was a/the one in the house...

1 Answer 1


Because the article "an" correctly precedes the adjective in-house meaning:

  • created, done, or existing within a company or organization. (M-W)
  • An in-house counsel, that is a counsel from within The Cooperative League.
  • an in-house makes sence for me. However why - hasn't been used? Isn't that wrong? Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 18:55
  • Yes, it is generally spelled with a hyphen.
    – user5267
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 18:59
  • How about adding the source of your quote (or a link)? Maybe just written incorrectly or forgot the -. A spell checker wouldn't catch this.
    – user3169
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 18:59
  • Thanks for the answer. I am sorry, I don't feel comforable to link the source of the sentence since it refers to the personal profile of the 3rd party. That's why I also modified the country. Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 19:02

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