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    Default use of "a" and "an" with abbreviations

    Which whould I use in the following:

    A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
    A LVN or an LVN? Which is correct and why?

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    Default Re: use of "a" and "an" with abbreviations

    Pronunciation is the key.

    a CIA agent ("C" is pronounced [si:]. CIA is consonant-intial)
    an NDP leader ("N" is pronounced [en]. NDP is vowel-initial)

    Note, "e" as in bed.

    All the best.

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