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Elementary Grammar, Lesson 09. Abbreviations

To complete this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Study the lesson for mastery.
  2. Memorize the abbreviations in the lesson.
  3. Complete the lesson Exam.

Lesson

Read the sentence below:

“Dr. Vinton is a brother of Gen. Vinton, and the father of Mrs. Noble.”

In this sentence, the first word is Doctor; but in writing it the first and last letters only have been used. This is a short way of writing a word, and is called an Abbreviation.

The word General is also abbreviated, the first three letters only being used.

In abbreviating the word Mistress, all the letters are omitted except the first, the fifth, and the last.

Note two things:

  1. We place a period after an abbreviation.
  2. Abbreviations generally begin with capital letters.

Study the abbreviations below:

  1. Dr. = Doctor
  2. Mr. = Mister
  3. Cr. = Credit
  4. St. = Saint or Street
  5. Mt. = Mount.
  6. Col. = Colonel
  7. Gen. = General
  8. Maj. = Major
  9. Lieut. = Lieutenant
  10. Co.=  Company
  11. Esq. = Esquire
  12. Gov. = Governor
  13. Rev. = Reverend
  14. Hon. = Honorable
  15. Prof. = Professor
  16. Pres. = President
  17. Mrs. = Mistress
  18. Atty. = Attorney
  19. Capt. = Captain
  20. Supt. =  Superintendent
  21. N.B. = Nota bene =
  22. A.M. = ante meridiem = before noon
  23. B.C. = before Christ
  24. U.S. = United States
  25. M.D. = Doctor of Medicine
  26. P.O. = Post Office
  27. P.S. = Post scriptum = postscript
  28. R.R. = railroad
  29. M. = meridiem = noon
  30. P.M. = Post meridiem = Afternoon
  31. A.D. = Anno Domini = In the year of our Lord
  32. C.O.D. = Collect on Delivery
  33. Bbl. = barrel
  34. Lb. = libra = pound
  35. Oz. = ounce
  36. No. = number

Note:

  1. The days of the week are abbreviated with the first three letters of their names.
  2. The months of the year are abbreviated with the first three letters of their names, except for May, June and July, which have no abbreviation, and September, which is abbreviated Sept.

Exam

  • Elementary Grammar, Lesson 09 Exam