Is It an SUV or a SUV?

It’s an SUV. Since the first letter (S) begins with a vowel sound ("ess"), we use the indefinite article "an".

It’s an SUV. The abbreviation SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is typically pronounced as individual letters. Since the first letter (S) begins with a vowel sound ("ess"), we use the indefinite article "an".

It’s an SUV with style that's always ready for action.

It’s a SUV with style that's always ready for action.

Be aware that the rule for using "a" or "an" is based on the initial sound of the following word, and not how it's spelled.

Is an SUV a car or a truck?

You should buy an SUV if you need space and versatility.

And we always say "an S" (not "a S").

The abbreviation SUV starts with an S.

Follow the same strategy with other abbreviations that start with S and are pronounced as separate letters. For example, we say:

  • an SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • an SLA (Service-Level Agreement)
  • an SMS (Short Message Service)
  • an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)
  • an SSD (Solid-State Drive)
  • an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
  • an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
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