Yo, Grammar: What’s up with “a” and “an” when it comes to acronyms?

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Whether you use “a” or “an” before an acronym or an initialism depends entirely on how the word is pronounced.

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Here are some more examples:

  • a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) gun
  • an FBI |ehf-bee-eye| agent
  • a CIA |see-eye-ay| operative
  • a ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) code
  • a BFF |bee-ehf-ehf|

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