Grammar help "a RMA" or "an RMA"?

Subject: Grammar help "a RMA" or "an RMA"?
From: Shawn <shawn -at- cohodata -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 15:40:53 -0700

Greetings all,

I am experimenting with ProWriting Aid (see this review:
When you are a one-person tech doc team, even a mediocre tool like this is
pretty useful for proofing.

While running a grammar check, it pointed out the following sentence:
"...10 business days after receipt of a RMA number."
and suggested that I write this as "an RMA".

I understand that if a word begins with a vowel... but I don't think it
does. However, for the sake of curiosity, I decided to do a Google search
for ["a RMA" or "an RMA"].What I found was absolutely no consistency. Even
within a single document, both "a" and "an" were used. :-O

I am inclined to consistently use "a RMA", throughout my document.

Can anyone offer some advice?


*Shawn Connelly*
Technical writer
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