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    An MP or A MP ?

    I'm confused between vowel and consonant sound and articles, whether if "An MP" is correct or "A MP" whereas,"A MP" doesn't sound correct,right? Anyone could help me please ASAP?

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    Re: An MP or A MP ?

    An MP. The letter M begins with a vowel sound.

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    Re: An MP or A MP ?

    An MP. The first letter of a word after an indefinite article is not what we consider, it's the sound. When you say M aloud, it sounds like "em". The first sound of that is a vowel sound - e.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: An MP or A MP ?

    Aha,thank you. :)

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    Re: An MP or A MP ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    An MP. The first letter of a word after an indefinite article is not what we consider, it's the sound. When you say M aloud, it sounds like "em". The first sound of that is a vowel sound - e.
    yeah right that. Got it now. thanks.:)

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    Re: An MP or A MP ?

    Your appreciation is welcome, QKL but there is no need to write two new posts to say thank you or to quote our replies back to us.

    Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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    We live and learn

    as ancient Greek philosophers said.
    Honestly I did not know this!
    All acronyms which prounounced as vowel starting words we have to use them with an.
    By the way, MP means Militarity Police, member of Parliament?
    Last edited by Yiagos; 22-Dec-2013 at 14:33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    as ancient Greek philosophers said.
    Honestly I did not know this!
    All acronyms which prounounced as vowel starting words we have to use them with an.
    By the way, MP means Militarity Police, member of Parliament?
    It is not just acronyms. In BrE. the word "herb" has a pronounced "h" at the beginning -- so it is "a herb". In AmE, the "h" is silent -- so it is "an herb".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    As ancient Greek philosophers said (no full stop here), "Honestly I did not know this!"
    All acronyms which prounounced as vowel starting words we have to use them with an start with a vowel sound must be preceded by "an".
    By the way, does MP means mean Militarity Military Police or Member of Parliament?
    Please see my corrections to your post in red.

    The acronym "MP" can mean Military Police or Member of Parliament, and probably many other things. However, the original post, it is unlikely to mean "Military Police" because we don't use that in the singular so it wouldn't be preceded by the indefinite article. It would be "a member of the Military Police" or perhaps "an MP officer" but not just "an MP".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    How did the title of this thread get changed, ems?

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