Abbreviations, contractions and acronyms
An abbreviation is a shortened version of a word. Abbreviations normally end in a full stop, but this can be left out for commonly used abbreviations
|✔||et al.||✔||p. / pp.|
Contractions are shortened version of words in which the last letter of the original word is present. They don’t need a full stop.
Unless it is commonly understood, define the acronym the first time you use it.
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When you use an acronym in a sentence, say it out loud to see if you should use ‘a’ or ‘an’. If the sound of the acronym starts with a vowel, use ‘an’.
- an ABC documentary
- a UNESCO program