Is It an SVG or a SVG?

It’s an SVG. Since the abbreviation SVG (Search Engine Optimization) begins with a vowel sound ("ess"), we use the indefinite article "an".

It’s an SVG. Since the abbreviation SVG (Search Engine Optimization) begins with a vowel sound ("ess"), we use the article "an".

An SVG file can be opened and edited in a text editor.

A SVG file can be opened and edited in a text editor.

Be aware that the rule for using "a" or "an" is based on the initial sound of the following word—not how it is spelled, so we say an SVG image, an SVG element, an SVG document, etc.

You can create an SVG image from scratch.

An SVG element is not tied to a specific size.

Remember, we say "an S" (not "a S").

The abbreviation SVG begins with an S.

These abbreviations also begin with the letter "S" and are preceded by the article "an"; therefore, 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 SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)
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