Is It a U or an U?

It’s a U. When pronounced as an individual letter, the vowel "U" has a consonant sound (it sounds like "you"), and takes the article "a".

It’s a U. When pronounced as an individual letter, the vowel "U" has a consonant sound (it sounds like "you"), and takes the article "a".

What is a U-shaped kitchen design?

What is an U-shaped kitchen design?

Be aware that the rule for using "a" or "an" is based on pronunciation, not spelling.

I decided to buy a UX250h car.

Renting a U-Haul trailer is an affordable solution for your moving needs.

Follow the same convention with other abbreviations that begin with the letter "U" but the initial sound is a consonant sound; for example, we say:

  • a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)
  • a UID (Unique Identifier)
  • a UK (United Kingdom)
  • a UN (United Nations)
  • a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • a URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
  • a US company
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