Which verb form is correct in the following?

F.D.R. stand/stands for “Franklin Delano Roosevelt."

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If you consider a set of letters as one singular item, you would need a singular verb:

'F.D.R' stands for 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt'.
'ABC' begins the alphabet.

If you consider them as a number of individual letters, then you could use a plural verb:

The letters 'F.D.R.' stand for 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt'.
The letters 'ABC' begin the alphabet.

If they are someone's initials you can call them so explicitly:

The initials 'F.D.R.' stand for 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt'.

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