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What form of indefinite article (“a” or “an”) should precede an abbreviation whose first letter is a consonant but is pronounced with a vowel sound? [duplicate]

I frequently want to use an indefinite article before an abbreviated noun beginning with a consonant which is provinces with a vowel sound. Is there a standard or preserve for “a” or “an” in this case?...
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Is it correct to use “cetera” by itself, replacing “et” with “and”?

I've always preferred variations of "etc" and "et cetera": "and cetera" "&c" "Cetera" is Latin and though we may borrow the Latin phrase in English, it might not be correct in formal settings to ...
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Which one is correct? Docs or Doc?

An abbreviated word for 'documentary' would be doc. However, it could be also reffered as doctor as well. Should I use 'docs' instead? Is there any chances people might misunderstand or confuse it ...
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Where should one use tl;dr?

As I understand, tl;dr stands for too long didn't read. However I came across this post, in which the op said tl;dr at the beginning. What does that mean? Exactly what did the op not read?
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Should “a” vs “an” be chosen based on an expanded abbreviation? [duplicate]

The indefinite article "an" is used when the following word starts with a vowel sound. For example one write "an adjective" but "a noun". However, when an abbreviation is used, should this be based ...
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Why is between abbreviated as b/w?

I saw such usages many times(including one in this blog post I saw just now) especially when we are writing on the blackboard, but I don't know why between is simplified as b/w. It seems very strange ...
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Write '-(e)s' in italic or not?

When using certain abbreviations in italic, should '-(e)s' representing plural form written in italic? For example, We call a mobile node that senses the surrounding information MN. Blah, ...
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What does the letter X (=times) stand for?

In many places we meet the letter X as a sign for times. Whether it's in primary school (5x5=25) or when we use lenses of camera or microscope we see the letter X in meaning of times (10X, 1000X etc.)....
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Is there a rule of thumb for simplifications like “it looks like rain today”

I am wondering if there's any rule to know when or where we can simplify sentences like It looks like rain again today Which I think it's the short version of It looks like that it's gonna rain ...
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What does the acronym “btf” mean? [closed]

What does the acronym "btf" mean in the following sentence: This project was a labour of love that took developers btf five years to accomplish.
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Are abbreviations “proper” words? [closed]

As a consequence of a different discussion, I realized this: Are abbreviations "proper" words? (I use the broad meaning for abbreviation, not the strictest meaning) E.g.: C.I.A. abbr. Prof. Dr. .....
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Is it okay to use IS like this in informal writing?

Ronnie's a bad influence on her. Keep him away. Can we use an apostrophe and "S" to say is at the end of a name to say somebody is when writing informally?
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Irregularity allowance?

In The Netherlands it is possible that you get paid extra (above your hourly wage) if you have 'irregular' working hours, e.g. you work at uncommon times, like Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays ...
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use of the word they're

Proper use of the word they're in a sentence. Example They're camping out or They are camping out or Their camping out Which usage is correct? Is using the word "they're" ...
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What do “ed:XXX” meaning in translated manga?

For example(8 page): http://mangahasu.se/onii-chan-wa-oshimai/vol-6-chapter-17-mahiro-and-the-onsen- panic-first-part-c590411.html#8 I can't find a tool to query such abbreviations word.
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Bae stands for?

If bae stands for 'before anyone else', when somebody mention salt bae (Nusret Gokce-the meat guy), does it mean he is the one doing that salting move before anyone else?
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Is it acceptable to use “etc.” in IELTS Writing Exam?

Someone told me that "etc." is not formal. However, based on my research in internet, some people said that it is acceptable to use "etc." in academic paper. How about IELTS writing exam then? Is "...
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Should I start abbreviations with capital letters in titles?

The title of a section in my paper is Bipolar Disorder Def. Should it be "Def." or "def."?
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Abbreviation for supervisor

The simple version of my question would be: "What is the abbreviation of 'Supervisor'"? However, I will add some explaining. I am abbreviating the word "operator" as "Op" already (size constraints) ...
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can the abbreviation for “Schedule” be used for “scheduled”?

I read in writing explained.org that "schedule" can be abbreviated as Sched or Skd. Can these abbreviations be used for "Scheduled"? (as in a task scheduled for 5.30pm) Any suggestions for ...
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BSc, MSc, PhD vs. B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D

ODO prefers Ph.D. over PhD in US English. But at the same time, there is no B.Sc. and no M.Sc. entry in OED, which leads me into thinking that there is a mismatch: Ph.D. is typically written with ...
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What is RA abbreviation for?

In a joke image (second image from top), there's mentioning of preparing for RA inspection. Googling leads to medical material on rheumatism and disambiguitization produces way too many different ...
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Can “A.K.A” be used also in speech or in writing only?

Can "A.K.A" abbreviation be used also in the speech language or in the writing only? If it can be used in speech, then are there another abbreviations (not of companies of course, or science) that ...
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What does “call BS” mean in the sentence “We call BS”?

What does BS mean in the sentence "We call BS"? I saw an article about protests in the US that said the following (see here the video): Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates:...
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What's wrong with saying “I am watching TV” instead of “I am watching television”?

I was told that I could only say or write "TV" when it is accompanied with a word like "show" or "program", but if I refer just to TV, I should say or write "television". For example: I am ...
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How to shorten “communications”

I have to put the word "communications" in a graphic. For design reasons I have to make the word shorter. How can eliminate some letters and make it still understandable, is there any correct way to ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” when I abbreviate a word?

Taking notes, I was going to write this: therefore p′ is a shortest path. But the topic is APSP which stands for "all pairs shortest paths" so I decided to just write SP instead and... Is it ...
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What does the keyword 'w/' mean?

I read about VM in MIT OCW 6.828 (the lecture at https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-828-operating-system-engineering-fall-2012/lecture-notes-and-readings/...
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How should I write the abbreviation for “okay”? (ok, Ok, OK) [duplicate]

How should I write abbreviation for "okay"? The options are: ok, Ok, OK. I've never took any notice of it, but recently someone (that he's not a native English speaker) told me that I should write ...
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What does VP mean in job titles? [closed]

What does "VP" mean in job titles? It goes with different titles "VP of Acquiring", "VP of Strategic Alliances", "VP of Sales", "VP of Sales and Marketing" or "VP of Events".
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“H.E. Donald J. Trump” in Apec 2017 - H.E stands for?

I have scratched my head and think but don't know what "H.E" stands for in this situation, I guess Host Environment?
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Does eng stand for engineering?

Is it correct to use eng as a shorthand for engineering? For example, can we use this form of introduction for a master's student? MSc student in hardware eng If so, should we put a . after eng? I ...
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“in US English” vs “in the US English”

I saw a usage of "in US English" in a dictionary, which I think it should be "in the US English" instead. The reason is that the full version should be "the United States" and not "United States". I'm ...
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Abbreviation of “In contrast”

What word can I use as an abbreviation of the phrase "in contrast" or "on the contrary" or "directly opposite"?
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Use of metric prefixes for small numbers

These days many I see many websites shortening large numbers with the metric prefixes, for example Twitter does it like this: replacing 35 400 with 35.4K, and 34 700 000 with 34.7M. One might also ...
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Best acronym/abbreviation for the word “template”

What would be the proper way to shorten the word "template" down to maximum of 3 symbols for use in busy diagrams and schemes in (bio)chemical context? From here and there I only found TPL and TML ...
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If John does ten pushups, does that mean he does nine reps?

When talking about pushups, we know the word rep comes from repetition. But is rep really the same as repetition in this context? If John does ten pushups, he does nine repetitions, plus the first ...
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What's meaning of “I KNOW FFS THANKS SOO MUCH , exucse my language”?

There is a question on Server Fault: Job for httpd.service failed. Here is the answer and a comment. Answer: The key error message appears to be: SSLCertificateFile: file '/etc/httpd/ssl/...
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“A MMU” or “An MMU”? [duplicate]

If I use an abbreviation like MMU ("memory management unit" in computers), should I write "A MMU" or "An MMU"? Is it the pronunciation or the letter that decides?
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Can 'PS' be used as a verb in English?

In my native language 'PS' borrrows the meaning of the process when you edit a photo with the help of Photoshop. It could be used as a verb, For example, 'Could you help me to Ps this photo to make ...
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What is the expanded form of “Tom's visit to the United States”

We know, 's is the abbreviation for is or has But i just read a sentence Tom's visit to the United States provided him with an opportunity to learn English So we generally use 's for is or his So ...
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Meaning of “h/t to reader “Mr. D””

see title; mostly: what does h/t mean? (Google is awful at finding text with slashes and recommended to replace it for "hot", and ignores the slash when explicitly told to search for h/t) Note that ...
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What does MA ACA stand for?

This abbreviation MA ACA often appears after names on letters. What does it stand for? I have seen it next to the signature on formal letters in this format: [First Name] [Surname] MA ACA. The last ...
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C as “c” in all abbreviations or acronyms

Does letter "c" read as [c] in all abbreviations or acronyms? BBC - company [k] PC - computer [k] RC - compiler [k] Are there any abbreviations or acronyms where the letter C doesn't read as [c]?
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Is there a specific name for “pick-only-consonants” type abbreviations?

I find it very common for English speakers to shorten a single word to 3–4 letters long by picking its first letter and some (or all) of its subsequent consonants, like so: statement => stmt ...
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What is the abbreviation of A/D office in sec sic info?

What is the abbreviation of A/D office in sec cid ifo? There are so many A/Ds in http://www.abbreviations.com/AD. so many A/Ds here Maybe it is assistant director office?
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Is “config” abbreviation of “configuration”?

I'm learning English. I make a system with configuration module. Is appropriate config instead of configuration?
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How to pronounce 'GB' (the island)?

When talking about United Kingdom or United States people often pronounce the letters of the abbreviation like "you kay" (UK). However, I have never noticed anyone spelling out 'GB'. Is it somehow ...
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How to pronounce 'GB'?

If I want to buy a phone with 64 GB, how should I say it? Should I say "A phone with 64 gigabyte." or "A phone with 64 GB (simply pronounce the letter 'G' and 'B')." which one is more ...
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is the statement “We ain't never” positive?

This might be an odd question. A lyric of popular song, "We ain't never getting older". I understand as "ain't never" is double negatives and when two negative elements cancel each others, I know it ...