Pronunciation Problem

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Deepurple

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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]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,[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]the USA (Is it pronounced "the"?)[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]the ICAC/HKMA (Are they pronounced "thee"?)[/FONT]
If yes, what is the rule behind this, i.e. the use of "thee" or "the" in pronunciation?
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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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