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    "a" or "an" before abbreviations

    Dear all,

    I've got a question concerning the use of a/an before abbreviations. If the first letter of the abbreviation is a consonant but is pronounced with an "e" sound (e.g. S, F), does one have to use "an"?

    Here my example:

    a/an SAP server

    I would very much appreciate your help.

    Thanks from Germany

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    Re: "a" or "an" before abbreviations

    Quote Originally Posted by kuan82 View Post
    Dear all,

    I've got a question concerning the use of a/an before abbreviations. If the first letter of the abbreviation is a consonant but is pronounced with an "e" sound (e.g. S, F), does one have to use "an"?

    Here my example:

    a/an SAP server

    I would very much appreciate your help.

    Thanks from Germany
    Yes. In this case you would use an because SAP begins with a vowel sound.

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    Re: "a" or "an" before abbreviations

    And welcome to Using English.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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