WritingWhat is Abbreviation? - The Ready Writers

March 22, 2017by readywriters

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This week we will learn how to use numbers, abbreviations and capital letters when writing. We will begin with abbreviations.

 

What is an abbreviation?

 

An abbreviation is a shortened form of an existing word or phrase.

 

How do you use abbreviations?

 

1)   Abbreviate social titles like Mister, Mr.; Missus, Mrs.

 

2)   Abbreviate title of rank.
Example: Col. Remi Ashton

 

TitleAbbreviation
AmbassadorAmb.
DoctorDr.
ColonelCol.
HonourableHon.
LieutenantLt.
GovernorGov.
MajorMaj.
Lieutenant GeneralLt. Gen.
Lieutenant ColonelLt. Col.
PresidentPres.
ProfessorProf.
RepresentativeRep.
SuperintendentSupt.

 

 

3)   Abbreviate time and dates.

 

Examples: A.M. (ante meridian), P.M. (post meridian).

 

4)   Abbreviate earned degrees.

 

DegreeAbbreviation
Associate’s DegreeA.A.
Bachelor of ArtsB.A. or A.B.
Bachelor of Business AdministrationB.B.A.
Bachelor of ScienceB.S.
Masters of ArtsM.A.
Doctor of PhilosophyPh.D.
Masters of Business AdministrationM.B.A.
Masters of ScienceM.S.
Medical DoctorM.D.
Registered NurseR.N.

 

5)   Abbreviate some historical periods.

 

Examples: B.C. (before the birth of Christ), A.D. (Anno Domini), C.E. (common era).

 

6)   Abbreviate geographical terms.

 

PlaceAbbreviations
AvenueAve.
BuildingBldg.
BoulevardBlvd.
CountyCo.
DistrictDist.
DriveDr.
IslandIs.
ProvinceProv.
RoadRd.
TerritoryTerr.
RouteRte.

 

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