An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word, or phrase.

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Pluralizing abbreviations where the noun is not the last word

For abbreviations - both acronyms and initialisms - where the last word in the abbreviation is the noun, I'm accustomed to adding an 's' with no apostrophe (e.g. ATMs), as described in the answer to ...
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When using the abbreviation etc., should it be parenthetical, i.e. enclosed between commas?

I was re-reading The Elements of Style when I noticed a remark I had previously overlooked in the third rule of usage (Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.). The abbreviations etc., i.e....
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Omitting the possessive case correctly

I forgot how exactly the rule in English is called where you can omit the usual possessive case 's and s' if we're speaking about a row of nouns and instead just put them in front of each other (with ...
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What does “Mrs” mean when used with a man's name?

As far as I know, the abbreviation "Mrs" is applicable only to women. Though, when translating an article from an old British paper I found this sentence about marriages: On the 2nd March, at the ...
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Can one use a hyphen to form 2 words with same prefix

Consider this part of a sentence: [...] the development of neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory disorders. I'm wondering if it is acceptable to omit the "neuro" prefix before "inflammatory" ...
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Where should the apostrophe go on a possessive abbreviation?

When expanding an abbreviation in parentheses, sometimes the thing that was abbreviate was used in a possessive context. Consider the following example: If the Giant Ostrich Bomb's (GOB) fuse is ...
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i.e. versus e.g. in a sentence [duplicate]

I know what the use of i.e. and e.g. are, but in my sentence I can't seem to tell the difference. If you do land on them, you will get an amount of points depending on what you landed on i.e. if you ...
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What is the error called when a letter of an abbreviation is spelled out afterwards?

HIV Virus DNS System IRC Chat LCD Display RAID Array These are some examples for this and people do this quite often.
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Is there a short form of “vice versa” [closed]

Does "Vice versa" have a common abbreviation / short form? I'm a lazy typer when it comes to notes to myself.
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Using possessive apostrophe s of a singular abbreviation that ends with s

Which one is correct? 1- The OPS structure. 2- The OPSs structure. 3- The OPS's structure. 4- The OPS' structure. OPS: A singular abbreviation.
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Are there such forms as this's and which's?

I've seen that's, who's, how's, etc., but I don't recall ever seeing this's and which's. Are they used very often or at all? If so, how do you pronounce them? Any differently from this is and which is?...
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Can LGTM and SGTM be used interchangeablay?

LGTM = Looks Good to Me SGTM = Sounds Good to Me I see these two abbreviations used frequently to express "I agree with your idea, go ahead". Can they be used interchangeably? Is there any subtle ...
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How to capitalise the first word of a sentence if it's been elided?

The example I have just come across: 'fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Or should it be: 'Fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Using either 'fraid is casual anyway because it should (more ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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What is the plural of the abbreviation of “multiplicity automaton”, “MA” or “MAs”?

The "multiplicity automaton (MA)" is a model in compute science and its plural is "multiplicity automata". Should the plural of the abbreviation be MA or MAs? What is the correct way to pluralize ...
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Why *is* abbreviation such a long word?

No, seriously. I can't think of a single abbreviation that's longer than the actual word. Why isn't "abbreviation" nice and short like the word "terse"?
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Do we use a comma before 'i.e'?

In another answer I read, in two examples, the comma was used once and wasn't used the other time. Is it a personal choice or do we have to follow a fixed rule?
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Abbreviation for “Master?”

I know that Mr. is short for Mister and Ms. is short for Miss. Is there any comparable way to abbreviate "Master" that is distinguishable from Mister? Or would it just be Mr. again?
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How do you write “and” in short form?

How do you write "and" in short form like w/o as in "without"?? It's not "&" but some other form. I used to write it but I forgot since I dont live in the US. Please help me remind it. Thanks
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Can you name a project “she's”? [closed]

One of my friends photography project is named "she's". I personally believe the name is wrong and that it sounds better and looks better if he uses "she is". Is it grammatically correct to use "she'...
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The use of “Nos.” for multiple objects

I noticed a string on a similar question that is now closed; I would like your input on a specific problem that has puzzled me. At my publishing company, people are fond of writing, e.g., "Law Nos. ...
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What can I call the abbreviated name?

If my name is Mohamed Ali Ahmed Elshennawy. And I want to abbreviate it to Mohamed Elshennawy. What should I call this new abbreviated name (for instance nickname, surname,.. Etc), to use it in the ...
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Why is “number” abbreviated as “No.”? [duplicate]

The spelling of number is number, but the abbreviation is No (№). There is no letter o in number, so where does this spelling come from?
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Abbreviation for “no size” (clothing)

In Spanish, when you buy some types of complementary articles of clothing you say that article has no size (sin talla). This can be shortened as "s/t"; a well-known abbreviation in Spanish (at least ...
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When is it appropriate to use the abbreviated “ea.” in place of “each”?

I'm working with a designer who prefers "ea." in an advertisement for what each winner on a team will win in a contest. She displays the text as “First Place Team: $200 ea.” I think it looks awkward, ...
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Is “stepstone” a valid word? [closed]

Is "stepstone" a valid abbreviation of "stepping stone"? Is this a good way to form abbreviations in English? Research done Searched some online dicts but they don't have the word "stepstone": ...
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Term for the second letter in Sx, Dx, Rx?

In abbreviations such as Dx (diagnosis), Sx (symptom), and Rx (prescription), is there a specific term for the second letter in the abbreviation? I have tried to google this but end up with results ...
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What kind of abbreviations are “Bee Gees”, “Eminem”, etc? [duplicate]

The "Bee Gees" is actually a stylised expansion of the initials BGs, which in turn refers to initials of Barry Gibb, DJ Bill Gates and Bill Goode (or simply means Brothers Gibb). "Eminem" comes from ...
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Is it formal or informal to use y/o as an abbreviation of “years old”? [closed]

This is my first question on this site. I am not a native speaker. My question is, is it formal or informal to use y/o as an abbreviation of "years old" in British English?
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How to write OS in plural? [duplicate]

How can I write OS (abbreviation of operating system) in plural? Is it something like OSs or OS's?
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Number Abbreviated as “No.” followed by a Colon

As I understand it, the preferred abbreviation for Number is "No." If we want to then follow that abbreviation with a colon, like in a form for instance, what does style dictate we do? Is it: "No.:...
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Is calling Alexander Alex considered impolite? [closed]

If someone's name is Alexander or Douglas, is it considered appropriate to call them Alex or Doug? Thanks.
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Abbreviation similar to i.e. and e.g. for “abstract principle illustrated by the previous”?

Pointing out the abstract principle based on an example is very common usage. Suppose we have these to work with: Elephant < Mammal < Organism Elephant is an example (subset) of Mammal. ...
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“cf. with” vs “cf.”?

The abbreviation cf. according to Wikipedia should be read as compare. Which, therefore, of the following would be a more correct statement: 1) The properties of the electric field are given below ...
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Abbreviation: single words in plural

In my specific case I want to abbreviate the word section. I abbreviate the singular case to sec. and hope that's correct. I have no idea, however, how to abbreviate sections. Is it secs? Is it sec.s?...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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Abbreviation of “Street”

I know that Street is abbreviated as St. But does the t in St represent the first t or the last t in Street? Drive is abbreviated as Dr, which means it could be the first t, but Road is abbreviated ...
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Usage of the abbreviation resp. in scientific writing

Is it a good practice to use the abbreviation resp. for respectively in scientific writing ? Let consider the following sentence as example. "The word size (resp., word length) is defined as the ...
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In the Definition of Terms section of an academic paper, should one list abbreviations after the term . .

In the Definition of Terms section of an academic paper, should one list abbreviations after the term, regardless of whether or not the abbreviation is used elsewhere in the paper? The paper in my ...
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Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc

"How ya doin?" v. "How ya' doin'?" and so on. There's... a debate.
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Without context, what is the shortest question (by character count) in the English language?

The shortest I can come up with are the following four: "Who am I?" has 8 characters (counting spaces). "Why me?" and "Who is?" both have 7 characters (counting spaces). "Is it?" has 6 characters (...
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How to abbreviate the bottom (or to top) of a page?

I want to cite a passage in a book. This a short passage that starts at the bottom of a page. The usage for indicating a page is "p. 314". In this case, this usage only provides a part of the ...
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Should there be a space in e.g./i.e. between a dot?

Should there be a space (thin space) in e.g./i.e. between a dot? Taking in account that e.g. is shortening of exemplī grātiā, then one should use space between e.spaceg., is not it? I believe that ...
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Starting a text with “i.e.” [duplicate]

This is related to Can I start a sentence with "i.e."? so I'll use his sentence as an example. I agree that it should be a parenthetical statement, not a separate sentence (which is was the ...
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What is the abbreviation for “accept” or “acceptance?”

What is the preferred abbreviation for "accept" or "acceptance?" Is it "acc," "acpt" or some other abbreviation?
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Why “a UAE offical” and not “an UAE official”? [duplicate]

Per http://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/58121/want-to-verify-uae-visa/58124#comment119149_58124 I should've used "a UAE official" but I thought U is a vowel and before vowels "an" is used. Where ...
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“Choco chips” for chocolate chips?

Is it alright to call chocolate chips "choco chips" in a shortened form as we do in many Asian countries. Does this sound strange or funny to native English speakers? I know "choc chip" is short for "...
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Is “The” included when abbreviating if it is the start of the name?

So I'm trying to figure out how to abbreviate "The Elder Scrolls" - which as you may or may not know, is the title for a popular game series. Now, would this be abbreviated as "ES" or "TES"? When you ...
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English and Double Abbreviation Possibilities [duplicate]

I've always wondered (and as a child caused quite a few frowns from my English teachers) working this out.. If we can abbreviate words like: Would and Not to Wouldn't Could and Have to Could've ...
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Punctuation & Spacing for abbreviations [duplicate]

What is the correct way to use the abbreviation for "Feet" (Ft) and should there a space between a number and the abbreviation?