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I want to say "It's being discussed because there is a (almost certainly fake) rumour about it."

I learned that we should put "an" if the next word starts with a vowel, but in this sentence the bracket is an optional part of the sentence so I'm not sure.

Should I use "an" instead of "a"?

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    The brackets don't affect the pronunciation, so it's an as though the bracket wasn't there. Jan 23, 2023 at 15:40
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    Alternative ways of setting off parenthetical matter, such as commas, or em dashes, likewise don't count for the purpose of deciding whether to use 'a' or 'an'. Also whether in speech to say 'thee' or 'thuh' (although quite a lot of people don't observe this these days). Jan 23, 2023 at 16:39

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From comments:

The brackets don't affect the pronunciation, so it's an as though the bracket wasn't there.

Also:

Alternative ways of setting off parenthetical matter, such as commas, or em dashes, likewise don't count for the purpose of deciding whether to use 'a' or 'an'.

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