I want to send a text message to someone and after a phrase, I tend to write between parenthesis: "Read with an affectionate tone". for example:

Your message means so much to me. (Read with an affectionate tone)

Is the sentence in parenthesis correct? Is the an in the sentence necessary?


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Yes. "Tone" is a countable noun, thus it takes the indefinite articles "a" or "an" depending on if the word right after the article starts with a vowel. (in this case, the first sound of "affectionate" is a vowel so use "an")

  • Thanks. Does the sentence sound natural? Or is it something odd? I'll appreciate if you point it in your answer too.
    – flower
    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:57

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