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Abbreviations of Units of Measure

Abbreviations for most units of measurements use small letters and periods. The few exceptions that use capital letters are noted below. Temperature abbreviations use capitals because they come from proper nouns. Measures of mass or weight of types of tons are usually capitalized when abbreviated. Abbreviations for metric units, including temperatures (Kelvin or Celsius), do

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Abbreviations of Time References

Abbreviations of Time References Abbreviations for time read from a clock begin with small letters. Those for months and days of the week begin with capital letters. They all end with a period. These abbreviations are used in charts, calendars, lists, informal writing, and the like. Spell the words out in standard formal writing. Clock

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Abbreviations in Names of Businesses

Abbreviations in business names begin with a capital letter and end with a period except for the ampersand (&). In formal writing, write out the full name of the business. The legal abbreviations Inc. and Ltd. may be abbreviated.

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Acronyms and Pronounced Abbreviations

Use all capitals and no periods to abbreviate names and titles when the abbreviations are pronounced letter by letter. Examples: NFL NEA AFL-CIO CBS IRS IRA TV Use all capitals and no periods for acronyms. Acronyms are abbreviations which have been made into pronounced words. Examples: OPEC NAFTA NATO BASIC SCUBA Using abbreviations such as

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Abbreviated Names and Social Titles

Use the full name in standard writing unless the person uses an initial as part of his or her name. Initials may be used in lists and addresses if appropriate. Correct: George Smith Correct, only in list or address: G. Smith Correct: Robert E. Lee (The initial is fine here because that is the name

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