We say obtain a Software Statement Assertion but when it is abbreviated as SSA, we say an SSA.

Can someone explain why?


Whether it's "a" or "an" depends on the next sound of what we say. So it's "an SSA" because of how we say the name of the letter S. It doesn't matter that the full form would need "a"; all that matters is the sound of what we actually say.

  • So what's the sound you say S follows after the first occurrence? – Paramee Samarathunga Nov 20 '19 at 9:15
  • Sorry, I don't understand. When we say SSA, we say the names of the letters. So the thing that matters is the first sound of the name of the letter S. This is a vowel sound, so we say "an" before it: "an SSA". – Rosie F Nov 20 '19 at 9:19
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    "An ess ess ay" – Colin Fine Nov 20 '19 at 10:49
  • We need to go by the sound. Yes @Colin – Ram Pillai Nov 20 '19 at 11:24
  • @ColinFine Thanks – Paramee Samarathunga Nov 25 '19 at 8:58

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