Englisch per Mail

Kostenlos täglich eine Business-English-Vokabel per E-Mail?

>>Hier anmelden und trainieren!



Testen Sie business-english professional
business-english Seminar

Quiz: Ice breaking strategies

Everyone needs a few tricks for breaking the ice with new people, a way to start a conversation and make everyone feel included. Try our quiz and see how much you know about tried and tested strategies:
start quiz



Login Probleme?

Neu Registrieren

Allgemeine Geschäftsbriefe

(6 Bewertungen) Artikel jetzt bewerten

Common abbreviations
Häufig genutzte Abkürzungen

Punctuation of an acronym

Unfortunately, there is no easy rule. Most true acronyms, ie those that have become words in themselves, such as 'laser', naturally need no punctuation or capitalisation within the word. Initialisms, however, are generally written all in upper case, as are most compounds. The difficulty arises when plurals or possessives are formed from them, or when an acronym or initialism is used as a verb:

  • The results from SETI's telescope array are now available to anyone who wishes to view them. (possessive)
  • CD-ROMs are fairly cheap nowadays. (plural)
  • I PM-ed you earlier today but you didn't reply. (initialism used as a verb)

Generally, the rule is to treat them as any nouns or verbs would be treated and to add an apostrophe, an 's' or a verb ending in lower case as normal. With the formation of a verb, however, a hyphen ('-') is often added between the initialism and verb ending.

Other abbreviations

Modern technology is making communication faster and more efficient and people are connected to the internet 24/7, checking communications with increasing frequency. Messages are becoming briefer, especially via character-restricted media such as SMS or Twitter. So more and more abbreviations are becoming popular and we need to keep abreast of those that are in daily use.

Example:

  • bt remMbR 2 avoid shrt 4ms/smileys that Rnt immed obvius or understandbl
    (But remember to avoid short forms or emoticons/smileys that are not immediately obvious or understandable)

Seite: 12»

Verwandte Downloads

useful abbreviations, initialisms and acronyms

Erstellt am: 11.09.2012 17:57, Letzte Änderung: 13.02.2019 08:30

ReadSpeaker Seite vorlesen lassen

Seite weiterempfehlenSeite weiterempfehlen

DruckenSeite drucken

Fragen an die RedaktionFragen an die business-english-Redaktion

Speichern unterSpeichern unter

Jetzt anmelden und kommentieren
(6 Bewertungen) Artikel jetzt bewerten