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    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Article question.

    Hi there,

    I'd like to know why people use an instead of a in this following sentence: Please analyse all of them and then tell me which ones are correct and wrong.

    > Implementing an SOA using an Enterprise Service Bus. (an or a)?

    > Implementing a Service base Architecture at Intel. (this one I know it's OK)

    > How to implement SOA (no article)?

    My question is: Why implementing an SOA and not a SOA???

    Thanks a lot for your time and attention

    Sincerely yours,


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    • Join Date: Jan 2010
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    Re: Article question.

    The article before an abbreviation is based on how the first letter of the abbreviation is pronounced. So, in your first example, the first letter of "SOA" is pronounced "ess", so it requires "an".

    In other words, in dealing with abbreviations, the article is based on the sound of the first letter, not on the letter itself.

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: Article question.

    An SOA >> The "s" is pronounced as "ess", so requires "an" [indefinite article used before a vowel]

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Re: Article question.

    Thanks a lot.

    I really apreciate it.

    Have a great weekend!


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