Is It an NGO or a NGO?

It’s an NGO. Since the consonant "N" starts with a vowel sound, and the abbreviation NGO is typically pronounced as individual letters, it takes the article "an".

It’s an NGO. Since the consonant "N" starts with a vowel sound, and the abbreviation NGO is typically pronounced as individual letters, it takes the article "an".

An NGO is a non-profit organization that operates independently of any government.

A NGO is a non-profit organization that operates independently of any government.

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

The association operated as an NGO until 2020.

Two more examples:

Typically, the purpose of an NGO is to address a social or political issue.

It was founded in 2010 as an NGO support organization.

We also say an N (not a N).

Yesterday I bought a new T-shirt with an N on it.

A partial list of abbreviations that also begin with the consonant N, but take "an":

  • an NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)
  • an NBA (National Basketball Association)
  • an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
  • an NFL (National Football League)
  • an NFT (Non-Fungible Token)
  • an NLP (Natural Language Processing)
  • an NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide)
  • an NRA (National Rifle Association)
  • an NSA (U.S. National Security Agency)
  • an NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
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