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    a NHTSA

    Toyota boasted of saving $100M on recall - Feb. 21, 2010
    Neither a Toyota nor a NHTSA spokesperson was immediately available to comment for this report.

    Isn't "an NHTSA" correct?


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    Re: a NHTSA

    Not a teacher.

    The following is my understanding.

    "An" is only used when the next word starts with a vowel (A,E,I,O or U.) In very rare cases "an" is acceptable but still grammatically incorrect before a "H" e.g. Half an Hour.
    Last edited by jeckel; 22-Feb-2010 at 06:22.


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    Re: a NHTSA

    "NHTSA" starts with a vowel, doesn't it?


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    Re: a NHTSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Elemoi View Post
    "NHTSA" starts with a vowel, doesn't it?
    Not a teacher

    NHTSA does not start with a vowel. The english language vowels are A, E, I, O and U.


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    Re: a NHTSA

    http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/18666
    According to Reuters, Tinto wrote after a review that he felt the complaints didn't warrant an NHTSA investigation and said media attention to the issue played a role in the complaints.

    http://www.itsdocs.fhwa.dot.gov/jpodocs/repts_te/13830_files/1__intro.htm
    A computer program developed by an NHTSA-sponsored multidisciplinary research team that produces such estimates (References 2, 4, and 5) was installed in the dispatch facility ACN equipment.

    http://www.ct.gov/AG/cwp/view.asp?A=2426&Q=316538
    Doug Newman, who owns a chain of Connecticut car washes, has witnessed incidents of sudden accelerations by Jeep Grand Cherokees and joined Blumenthal and Widlitz in their call for an NHTSA investigation.
    Should an be "a"?


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    Re: a NHTSA

    <H4 style="MARGIN: 12pt 0cm 3pt">(Not a teacher)

    My understanding is that the "an" in the examples you have displayed are incorrect and should be "a"



    Remember, using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word. So...

    • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy; a car; a bike; a zoo; a dog
    • an + singular noun beginning with a vowel: an elephant; an egg; an apple; an idiot; an orphan
    • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer,' i.e. begins with a consonant 'y' sound, so 'a' is used); a university; a unicycle
    • In some cases where "h" is pronounced, such as "historical," use an
    Purdue Online Writing Lab 2009, viewed 22 February 2010, <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01/>.
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    Re: a NHTSA

    Isn't the beginning of "NHTSA" pronounced /en/?

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    Re: a NHTSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Elemoi View Post
    Isn't the beginning of "NHTSA" pronounced /en/?

    I agree with you
    Not long ago there was another mail similar to this one and the answers were as well in this direction. I can remember it was about an /f/.

    I am a foreigner too

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    Re: a NHTSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Elemoi View Post
    "NHTSA" starts with a vowel, doesn't it?
    Yes, it starts with a vowel sound and should take "an".

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