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.
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.