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jeckel

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The following is my understanding.

"An" is only used when the next word starts with a vowel (A,E,I,O or U.) In very rare cases "an" is acceptable but still grammatically incorrect before a "H" e.g. Half an Hour.
 
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http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/18666
According to Reuters, Tinto wrote after a review that he felt the complaints didn't warrant an NHTSA investigation and said media attention to the issue played a role in the complaints.

http://www.itsdocs.fhwa.dot.gov/jpodocs/repts_te/13830_files/1__intro.htm
A computer program developed by an NHTSA-sponsored multidisciplinary research team that produces such estimates (References 2, 4, and 5) was installed in the dispatch facility ACN equipment.

http://www.ct.gov/AG/cwp/view.asp?A=2426&Q=316538
Doug Newman, who owns a chain of Connecticut car washes, has witnessed incidents of sudden accelerations by Jeep Grand Cherokees and joined Blumenthal and Widlitz in their call for an NHTSA investigation.

Should an be "a"?
 

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My understanding is that the "an" in the examples you have displayed are incorrect and should be "a"



Remember, using a or an depends on the sound that begins the next word. So...

  • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant: a boy; a car; a bike; a zoo; a dog
  • an + singular noun beginning with a vowel: an elephant; an egg; an apple; an idiot; an orphan
  • a + singular noun beginning with a consonant sound: a user (sounds like 'yoo-zer,' i.e. begins with a consonant 'y' sound, so 'a' is used); a university; a unicycle
  • In some cases where "h" is pronounced, such as "historical," use an
Purdue Online Writing Lab 2009, viewed 22 February 2010, <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/540/01/>.
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Isn't the beginning of "NHTSA" pronounced /en/?


I agree with you
Not long ago there was another mail similar to this one and the answers were as well in this direction. I can remember it was about an /f/.

I am a foreigner too :roll:
 
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