Abbreviations and Acronyms
1. Initial Letter Abbreviations
We can make abbreviations from the first letters of many words, mostly with organization names.
See Abbreviation Rules
|ABEDA||Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa|
|ACC||Arab Cooperation Council|
|ACCT||Agency for the French-Speaking Community|
|ACP Group||African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States|
|AfDB||African Development Bank|
|AFESD||Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development|
|CEI||Central European Initiative|
|CEMA||Council for Mutual Economic Assistance; also known as CMEA or Comecon|
|CEPGL||Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries|
|CERN||European Organization for Nuclear Research|
|CIA||Central Intelligence Agency|
|c.i.f.||cost, insurance, and freight|
|Euratom||European Atomic Energy Community|
|Eutelsat||European Telecommunications Satellite Organization|
|Ex-Im||Export-Import Bank of the United States|
|FBI||Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|IBEC||International Bank for Economic Cooperation|
|IBRD||International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank)|
|OAS||Organization of American States|
|OAU||Organization of African Unity|
|UNESCO||United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization|
When we need to use an article (a / an or the) we should pay attention to the pronunciation of the first letter of the abbreviation.
A Us citizen
An EU website
Some abbreviated letters that are pronounced like words are called acronyms.
- The company name is called IKEA; it is read like any other word. It is never spelled out letter by letter: I - K- E- A.
ESL means English as a second language. - It is mostly used in American English.
- EFL means English as a foreign language. - It is mostly used in British English.
- ASAP (or A.S.A.P.) stands for "as soon as possible". We you use this abbreviation when we want someone to do something quickly: "Send me the report ASAP."
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