Is It a UK or an UK?

It’s a UK. When speaking about the United Kingdom, the letter U has a consonant sound (like "you"), and therefore takes the article "a".

It’s a UK..., so we say a UK company, a UK resident, a UK student, etc. When speaking about the United Kingdom, the letter U has a consonant sound (like "you"), and takes the article "a".

We are a UK company that provides software services.

We are an UK company that provides software services.

The rule for using a or an is based on pronunciation, not spelling, and the individual letter "U" has a consonant sound (we say a U).

How long does it take to apply for a UK study visa?

Following the same convention, we say a united..., a United Kingdom citizen, etc.

The challenge required a united response.

You can buy a United Kingdom government bond that matures in two years.

A partial list of abbreviations that also begin with the vowel "U" but are preceded by the article "a":

  • a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)
  • a UID (Unique Identifier)
  • a UN (United Nations)
  • a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
  • a URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
  • a USA (United States of America)
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