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    is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    Hi Teachers,

    We use "a" but not "an" for unicorn and uniform.

    US$ means United States Dollar.

    Due to the "united", we should use "a" instead or "an", right?

    Why is it, I read a news article stating "an US$80 million" but not "a US$80million"?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    I would use "a" if an article is needed at all. That would depend on context.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    "An $80 million dollar..." is correct. The "US" is just denoting that it is American rather than,say, Canadian or Australian dollars.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    That depends on whether or not it is pronounced. This is guided by pronunciation.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That depends on whether or not it is pronounced. This is guided by pronunciation.
    In speech, yes. This was written in a news article.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    I would agree if it were written $80 million US.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    I am not a teacher.

    This is an interesting point.

    I naturally read 'an US$80 million...' as 'an eighty million dollar...'.

    Couldn't it be assumed that the writer of the article had that in mind too? If he wanted people to read 'a US dollar eighty million...' he would have used 'a'.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    I would like to see the entire sentence in which it appeared.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: is an US$80 million or a US$80 million

    Quote Originally Posted by etc128 View Post
    Why is it, I read a news article stating "an US$80 million" but not "a US$80million"?
    Do you have a link for this?

    News articles are far from perfect in terms of details like this as they are creating articles at speed.

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