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    Pronunciation Problem

    If an abbreviation/Initialism is preceded by the definite article, what is the pronunciation of the "definite article"(i.e. thee or the)? For example,
    the USA (Is it pronounced "the"?)
    the ICAC/HKMA (Are they pronounced "thee"?)
    If yes, what is the rule behind this, i.e. the use of "thee" or "the" in pronunciation?
    Thank you for helping.

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    Re: Pronunciation Problem

    If the abbreviation starts with a vowel SOUND (not a vowel), then you'd use the thee pronunciation. Thee FBI.

    But you'll find in actuality it's slurred. Th'eff bee eye.

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