Is It a URL or an URL?

It’s a URL. The abbreviation URL begins with a vowel, but it has a consonant sound ("you").

It’s a URL. The abbreviation URL begins with a vowel, but it has a consonant sound ("you"). Since the rule for using "a" or "an" is based on pronunciation, and not spelling, it takes the article "a".

A URL is the address of a given unique resource on the Web.

An URL is the address of a given unique resource on the Web.

Remember, when choosing between the indefinite articles "a" and "an", it's the pronunciation of the following word, which is important.

A URL never contains spaces.

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Note that the individual letter "U" has a consonant sound, so we say "a U" (not an "U").

The button on the lower right has a "U" on it.

Other abbreviations that also begin with the consonant sound "you", and therefore take the article "a", are listed below:

  • 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 US (United States)
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