- 1 Post By Barb_D
If an abbreviation/Initialism is preceded by the definite article, what is the pronunciation of the "definite article"(i.e. thee or the)? For example,
the USA (Is it pronounced "the"?)
the ICAC/HKMA (Are they pronounced "thee"?)
If yes, what is the rule behind this, i.e. the use of "thee" or "the" in pronunciation?
Thank you for helping.
Re: Pronunciation Problem
If the abbreviation starts with a vowel SOUND (not a vowel), then you'd use the thee pronunciation. Thee FBI.
But you'll find in actuality it's slurred. Th'eff bee eye.
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