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# Is it "A MBA" or "AN MBA" ? What does the Gmatclub think?

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09 Sep 2010, 09:58
So, I am just wondering, a google search seems to suggest an MBA, based on the fact that when the letter M is pronounced, it sounds like "em" so since it begins with a vowel sound and we are saying the letters one by one "an" MBA.

What do the Clubbers think ?
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09 Sep 2010, 09:58
It's a MBA.

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09 Sep 2010, 10:00
this is like a GMAT SC question! if your speaking go with AN MBA if writing its A MBA.
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09 Sep 2010, 10:13
I thought it's always "an MBA" because the letter "M" starts with a vowel sound.
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09 Sep 2010, 10:21
jordanhendrix wrote:
this is like a GMAT SC question! if your speaking go with AN MBA if writing its A MBA.

Agree with this. Saying 'a mba' just sounds strange.

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09 Sep 2010, 10:42
It should be "an MBA" as the sound of the first letter of MBA is like that of a vowel.

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09 Sep 2010, 11:32
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Whichever way the b-school app has it in their written materials
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09 Sep 2010, 11:57
runnergirl683 wrote:
Whichever way the b-school app has it in their written materials
Good point!
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09 Sep 2010, 15:35
I think it's an MBA but I just realized in the one essay I've written so far I actually was able to avoid this by making it more specific and saying A school name here MBA...

But I agree, look at the school's website and see how they use it in their text
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09 Sep 2010, 15:58
When the letter M is pronounced, it sounds like "em" . Since it begins with a vowel sound and we are saying the letters one by one, 'an' MBA is appropriate.

eg ' He is an MBBS doctor, but married to an MBA graduate'
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09 Sep 2010, 16:04
it's THE MBA, really, or a [school name] MBA.

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09 Sep 2010, 18:47
The application of "a" or "an" depends on the vowel sound and not on the presence of an actual vowel. So it should definitely be "an" mba.
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09 Sep 2010, 21:13
krussell wrote:

Doesn't matter.

Written and spoken you still use 'an'. The sound is what matters most.

It gets really confusing when you start using H words. A history book. An historical event. A Hypothetical question. An hyopthesis.

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09 Sep 2010, 21:30
UPGRAYEDD wrote:
krussell wrote:

Doesn't matter.

Written and spoken you still use 'an'. The sound is what matters most.

It gets really confusing when you start using H words. A history book. An historical event. A Hypothetical question. An hyopthesis.

A historical event and a hypothesis are the grammatically correct answers.

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09 Sep 2010, 21:39
UPGRAYEDD wrote:
krussell wrote:

Doesn't matter.

Written and spoken you still use 'an'. The sound is what matters most.

It gets really confusing when you start using H words. A history book. An historical event. A Hypothetical question. An hyopthesis.

Depends on where you are from I guess.

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12 Sep 2010, 13:06
An MBA....
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12 Sep 2010, 13:50
You guys have way too much time.

"An MBA" is correct.

"A MBA" is wrong.

End of discussion. Its basic English grammar. There is no need for polling on this. One is correct and the other is wrong. Its not a matter of opinion.

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12 Sep 2010, 14:21
iplayrugby wrote:
You guys have way too much time.

"An MBA" is correct.

"A MBA" is wrong.

End of discussion. Its basic English grammar. There is no need for polling on this. One is correct and the other is wrong. Its not a matter of opinion.

Chill !!

This is an off topic discussion.
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