Is It a US or an US?

It’s a US citizen, a US company, a US bank, etc. We use “a” or “an” based on the sound made by the word that follows, not the spelling.

It’s a US citizen, a US company, a US bank, etc. We use a or an based on the sound made by the word that follows, not the spelling. Despite being a vowel, the initial letter of the word US produces a consonant sound (a “you” sound).

The new drug was patented by a US company.

The new drug was patented by an US company.

Remember, it is the sound, not the spelling, which is important.

The student is a US citizen.

The French government and a US company are locked in a dispute over privacy compliance.

Follow the same practice with other related expressions, such as a US corporation, a US army..., a US military..., a US senator, a US government, etc.

John was wearing a US army uniform.

Can we use a credit card from a US bank?

Similarly, we say "a United States citizen", "a United States senator", etc.

She is the daughter of a United States senator.

A partial list of words that also start with the vowel “u” but take the indefinite article “a”:

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