Is It an NRA or a NRA?

It’s an NRA. Despite being a consonant, the letter "N" begins with a vowel sound; consequently, we use the article "an".

It’s an NRA. Despite being a consonant, the letter "N" begins with a vowel sound; consequently, we use the article "an" before the acronym NRA (National Rifle Association).

As an NRA member, you'll get an official NRA membership card.

As a NRA member, you'll get an official NRA membership card.

Keep in mind that the rule for using "a" or "an" is based on pronunciation, not spelling.

To become an NRA instructor, you should submit the NRA application with applicable certification.

You don’t have to be an NRA member to attend an NRA course.

Thus, when speaking about the single letter "N", we say an N—not "a N".

The name of my girlfriend begins with an N.

A partial list of other abbreviations that begin with the letter N and take the article "an" can be found below:

  • 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 NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)
  • an NLP (Natural Language Processing)
  • an NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide)
  • an NSA (U.S. National Security Agency)
  • an NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)
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