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  1. ajsanchez270
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    Which sentence would be gramatically correct:

    I am opening an U.S. bank account.
    I am opening a U.S. bank account.

    Do we still use an for a abbreviation that starts with a bowel?

    A.


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    Because U.S. would be pronounced with a 'yoo' sound it is 'a'.

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    an umbrella

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajsanchez270 View Post
    Which sentence would be gramatically correct:

    I am opening an U.S. bank account.
    I am opening a U.S. bank account.

    Do we still use an for a abbreviation that starts with a bowel?

    A.
    If it starts with a bowel, I don't want to know where it ends!

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    PS:

    An A.
    A B.
    A C.
    A D.
    An E.
    An F.
    A G.
    An H.
    An I.
    A J.
    A K.
    An L.
    An M.
    An N.
    An O.
    A P.
    A Q.
    An R.
    An S.
    A T.
    A U.
    A V.
    A W.
    An X.
    A Y.
    A Z.

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    Right, so the semi-consonant /j/ begins many words starting with the letter u, so the first sound heard (but not written) is a non-vowel, thus the ordinary indefinite article. Note to speakers of Castillian: in fact we pronounce this /j/ much softer than in Latin America, so you should really think of it as a very quick /i/ rather than the Spanish y.

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