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String sent: ##{{{1}}}##<br />
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<includeonly>{{lcfirst:{{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|3}}}}|uni|
Substring of string: ##{{#sub:{{{1}}}|0|1}}<br />
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  a {{{1}}}|
{{#ifeq:{{#sub:{{{1}}}|0|1}}|a|an {{{1}}}|a {{{1}}}}}
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  {{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|1}}}}|a|
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    an {{{1}}}|
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    {{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|1}}}}|e|
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      an {{{1}}}|
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      {{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|1}}}}|i|
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        an {{{1}}}|
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        {{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|1}}}}|o|
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          an {{{1}}}|
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          {{#ifeq:{{lc:{{#sub:{{{1|}}}|0|1}}}}|u|
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            an {{{1}}}|
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            a {{{1|}}}
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          }}
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        }}
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      }}
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    }}
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  }}
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}}}}</includeonly><noinclude>
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This function prepends <b>{{Article|Indefinite Article}}</b> before a string (text phrase) sent to it. Its logic is thus:
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* If the string starts with “uni” ({{article|university}}, {{article|unicycle}}), it gets preceded by an “a”.
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* If not, if it starts with a vowel, it gets preceded by an “an”.
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* Otherwise, it must start with a consonant, so gets preceded by an “a”.
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Note that this yields “{{article|unicorn}}” but also “{{article|uninvited guest}}” – it’s not perfect – but if necessary various other exceptions can be coded in as they are located.
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== Usage ==
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{{Purge}}<tt><nowiki>{{Article|aardvark}}</nowiki></tt> in an article’s text yields “{{Article|aardvark}}” upon the render of the page. You can use this template in the flow of a SGTable output (which is its most useful state, when you don’t know what that generator’s text output will be), such as:
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''<sgdisplay iterations="1">
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I went out walking and ran across <b>{{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}, and {{Article|[Animal.fantasyLand]}}</b>.
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</sgdisplay>
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The above list should show all vowel-first animal names with an “an” in front of them (reload the page if no vowel-first animals appeared).
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The template “ia” (for “indefinite article”) is a shortcut to this template, and can be used as <tt><nowiki>{{ia|aardvark}}</nowiki></tt> interchangeably, if you prefer a shorter command.
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[[Category:Templates]]</noinclude>

Latest revision as of 08:39, 20 October 2015

This function prepends a Indefinite Article before a string (text phrase) sent to it. Its logic is thus:

  • If the string starts with “uni” (a university, a unicycle), it gets preceded by an “a”.
  • If not, if it starts with a vowel, it gets preceded by an “an”.
  • Otherwise, it must start with a consonant, so gets preceded by an “a”.

Note that this yields “a unicorn” but also “a uninvited guest” – it’s not perfect – but if necessary various other exceptions can be coded in as they are located.

Usage

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{{Article|aardvark}} in an article’s text yields “a aardvark” upon the render of the page. You can use this template in the flow of a SGTable output (which is its most useful state, when you don’t know what that generator’s text output will be), such as:

<sgdisplay iterations="1"> I went out walking and ran across a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], a [Animal.fantasyLand], and a [Animal.fantasyLand]. </sgdisplay>

The above list should show all vowel-first animal names with an “an” in front of them (reload the page if no vowel-first animals appeared).

The template “ia” (for “indefinite article”) is a shortcut to this template, and can be used as {{ia|aardvark}} interchangeably, if you prefer a shorter command.