1. Abbreviate titles used with people's names, but do not abbreviate if on its own.Note:
She went to Dr. Smith yesterday.
She went to the doctor yesterday.
2. Abbreviate the names of familiar institutions, countries, tests, diseases, diplomas, individuals, and objects.
Examples: TOEFL, USA, FBI, CIA
If you use a special abbreviation, first use the term in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, then the abbreviation.
Example: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by many schools. GRE prep is therefore a big business.3. Abbreviate terms used with numbers.
Examples: 101 BC
1212, 5:00 a.m.Note:
Do not use these abbreviations and other units of measure when no number is attached to them.
Example: Her father gave her a wallet full of $ money.4. Abbreviate common Latin terms (in notes). In the body of your test, use the English meaning.
5. Do not abbreviate words to save time and space in formal writing.
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6. Use -s (not -'s) for the plural form of an abbreviation plural.
Example: I have many DVDs.