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Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms?

Why do we write 'He has an MA' and not ' a MA' even though MA does not begin with a vowel? Can anybody give me anymore examples like it?

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    Dear nicholas, at 1.4k rep I would expect you to search the site first. This question gets asked over and over and over and over and over again. (And I could go on, but I've run out of space.) – RegDwigнt May 4 '11 at 10:35
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We write "an MA" rather than "a MA" because the choice of article is decided by pronunciation and "M" is pronounced with an initial vowel sound.

Other examples:

  • an FTP transfer
  • an HMRC office
  • an L-plate
  • an MOT test
  • an NCP car-park
  • an RAC van
  • an SSD device
  • an X-Ray image
  • I like your answer because you get a point in 1,5 lines. If you could give an example, it would be perfect. (Don't get me wrong, it's not bad as it is now, I just like to be super-explicit ahah). – Alenanno May 4 '11 at 10:01
  • Gets tricky with SQL - depends if your pronounce it as ess-queue-ell or sequel – mgb May 4 '11 at 15:37

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