Is It a United Nations or an United Nations?

It’s a United Nations... Be aware that we use "a" before words that begin with a consonant sound.

It’s a United Nations..., so we say "a United Nations resolution", "a United Nations member", "a United Nations document", etc. Be aware that we use "a" before words that begin with a consonant sound.

Switzerland is a United Nations member since 2002.

Switzerland is an United Nations member since 2002.

The rule for using a or an is based on pronunciation, not spelling. Since the first letter of the word "United" (U) sounds like "you", it takes the indefinite article “a”.

A United Nations official said that the situation is deteriorating.

Similarly, we say a UN... (United Nations), a UNESCO, a United Kingdom, or a United States.

What is a UN resolution?

A partial list of words that also begin with “u” and take the article “a”:

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