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Verb: abbreviation stand for/ are used for

I am working on my reseach project and in a tabelle I used abbreviation. After the tabelle i want to explain them. How to explain it? in tabelle , the following abbreviation stand for: A is ..., B is ...
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What is the abbreviation for "column"?

While references usually refer to page numbers, e.g. Smith, J. On a a certain subject. In: Obscure Journal 2022, pp. 75-81. it is sometimes (e.g., in some lexicons) necessary to refer to text ...
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Is there a simple abbreviation for "petrol" or "gasoline"?

I'm making a list of vehicles, and I'd like to add the type of fuel used in engines of said vehicles right after the engine size, which is rather easy when the fuel is diesel, because that's ...
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Meaning of ID in "ID CARD"

What exactly does "ID" stand for? Is it an abbreviation of "identity document", or is it just the first two letters of the word "identity"? If it is an abbreviation of &...
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If a sentence ends with an abbreviation (e.g. "[...] he lived in the U.S."), does that mean "U.S" is a correct abbreviation?

I came across the sentence "He visited Chicago many times when he lived in the U.S.", and seemingly the last period is for the ending of the sentence. So is "U.S" a correct ...
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Comma after “viz.” in “viz.(,) that”?

Concerning the usage of “viz.” in American English, in ODO we find examples with and without the comma after “viz.” when a “that”-introduced clause follows: This leads many people towards the second, ...
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Comma in “i.e. that”

Consider the sentence: We claim that these sets are disjoint, i.e., 𝑋ᵢ ∩ 𝑋ⱼ = ∅ for different 𝑖,𝑗 ⩾ 0. A proofreader (from whom I can no longer get an answer) changed it: We claim that these ...
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TA (Abbreviation, AmE) [closed]

Context: in a book, two college girls are talking about their lives in a quite colloquial, friendly tone. One of them says: "I made out with my girl TA last week". Does anyone know what &...
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How do you indicate plural with abbreviations in lowercase?

If I want to make a lowercase abbreviation plural, how do I do it? I've found loads and loads of information about how to pluralise acronyms, written in uppercase, but nothing about lowercase ...
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What does "CCs" stand for?

Chadd E. Hunt tweeted: And this my friend is why you do not ride bicycles, mopeds or anything under 400 CCs on a road that has commercial traffic. You will literally get swept up and dropped by the ...
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What does "DPs" mean?

After collaborating in writing a paper with a person, he submitted the paper to a journal, in his email to us, he wrote: It has been a nice collaboration, thanks for the excellent work! Should we ...
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How to make these titles more concise?

I have two lists. The first one is a list of some task with the title of "the tasks that I have performed in this project" and the second one is a list of some skills with the title of "...
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What is the meaning of "PO"? [closed]

I encountered a sentence, "My parents were so POed when I got into this." when I was watching an anime show. What does PO stand for? I guess its meaning is something like angry but have no ...
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What does "pc’d" mean? [closed]

I read on https://redd.it/q75w0s: Travel rewards can only get a 1.5 c/pt (plus any preferred rewards increases) redemption rate when redeeming for travel or dining statement credits (a feature like ...
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What is PSA short for?

I saw an article with the following passage. This is a PSA for all the ‘nice guys’ out there — please kindly f--k off. While I understand by the context that it's some kind of warning or heads-up, I ...
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Can you use "PM" for "pro memoria"?

As the heading suggests, I'm wondering whether the abbreviation "PM" can be used for "pro memoria". I've looked it up in a number of dictionaries, but none of them list 'pro ...
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Abbreviating the thing one'll surely do

When someone says as an example: Ask me any questions you had. I want to respond like this: Will sure do. Or Sure will. I've seen these two structures but it feels more correct to use an adverb ...
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Can A.K.A. be used in formal writing?

I have seen using the abbreviation A.K.A. (also known as) in several online forums and in some social media posts. Can we use this word in formal writing (such as articles, formal letters, etc.)?
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Why is the abbreviation pp used to mean pages?

I read on https://english.stackexchange.com/a/117978/17712 pp stands for pages Why is the abbreviation pp used to mean pages? I tried to search for the answer, but couldn't find the answer yet. I ...
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'Phone' or 'mobile'? - British English

What is the correct/standard and idiomatic British English short form of 'mobile phone' - phone, or mobile?
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Is there a short form for “somewhere”?

I had look through the dictionary and found there are short form for “somebody” and “something”, which are “SB” and “sth”. However I couldn’t find a short form for “somewhere”. Is there a short form ...
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What does the abbreviation CMT stand for?

I'm watching a show about prisoners called Jailbirds. They're taking their commissaries and then the male guard said: "You wanna save your CMTs too." I'm not sure what CMT stands for here.
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If it’s SF it’s bad SF

What does "SF" stand for? Given both Kafka's Metamorphosis Animal Farm being a novella, SF is possibly a novella too. Searching returns back San Francisco, I am not sure it is correct in ...
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what does this abbreviation mean?

What does this mean: a force 10 disaster area it is taken from Mr. Bean Facebook page ? In particular what means the number "10" there ?
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How do we capitalize a hyphenated adjective which starts with an abbrevation in the beginning of a sentence?

I am really confused right now and I can't seem to find a straight answer to this question. I was writing an essay and I am stumped on the correct capitalization when it came to starting a sentence ...
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Inquiry about first, middle and last names

I have a question regarding my name and how to write it in the United States application forms since I'm planning to undergo some exams there. I'm an Arabic National My first name is Omar My father ...
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Is 'UR' an abbreviation or a name?

Is the word 'UR' here a name or an abbreviation? Thanks in advance.
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Word for changing abbreviation into text

On the Internet, I found the phrase Function changes a short abbreviation into a text block For instance, an abbreviation of "US" changes to "United States". I feel there should ...
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How do you pronounce FAQs?

I've found online translators like Microsoft Bing Translator could be used in place of typing. Just read your text to the translator in Standard English and it would type it out for you. I read the ...
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What do you call the number assigned to official documents at the university?

I wonder what you call the number that's assigned to an official document when it's archived – more precisely I'm wondering about official documents at the university, like strategic plans, ...
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What do the letters "ft." often seen on songs authors names - stand for?

What do the letters "ft." very often seen on songs authors names - stand for? Don't Look Back In Anger - Vintage New Orleans Oasis Cover ft. Maiya Sykes (YouTube)
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In CO (Colorado Office?)

Does "CO" stand for "Colorado Office"? Or just "Colorado"? Rebecca Ballhaus tweeted: Jenna Ellis has said she is a former Colorado prosecutor and State Dept attorney. In ...
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What does me'me here stand for?

The following is a verse from the song Gates of Dawn by the band Secret Garden: And whose is the hand who raises the sun from the heaving sea? The power that ever amazes - We look, but never will see....
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What do Maxell's "XLII-S "and "MX" stand for? [closed]

Does anybody know what Maxell's "XLII-S "and "MX" stand for? During the height of the Compact Audio Cassette's popularity, Maxell's audio cassettes were held in high regard, ...
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What does this 'cr' stand for?

I saw this chart (here) and can't figure out what this 'cr' (next to the 9%) means in this context.
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What is the abbreviation for elder when used as a title for the clergy?

I was wondering what abbreviation is used in religious publications or writings when giving titles for the clergy. We have pastors, ministers, evangelists, elders, bishop, etc. What abbreviation can ...
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Is there an abbreviation for "have a nice lunch"?

Is there a short form of "have a nice lunch"? I'd guess there should be one for an informal occasion like between friends. How would you say "have a nice lunch" in situations like: ...
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When should and shouldn't I use articles with acronyms?

I used to think that if an abbreviation can be pronounced as a regular word, it goes without an article ('NATO', as an example). Similarly, if it's just a sequence of unpronounceable letters, it goes ...
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How common is it for a native speaker to use "i.e." in their conversation?

How common is "i.e." in everyday conversation? If so, How do native speakers pronounce it? "id est" or something else?
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Do I need to make the following changes when writing an abbreviation?

In math, there is a concept called random variable, and for convenience people usually just write r.v. I have some questions regarding writing the abbreviation r.v. in a sentence. Would a native ...
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What does M,O stand for

Reading this article, there is a line, While many fans who watched The Last Dance appreciated The Worm’s, uh, free-spiritedness, there is another section of fans who found his actions ...
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What is the meaning of OTOH abbreviation? [closed]

In this answer at StackOverflow, the OTOH expression was used, but I couldn't get this by the context. What it means?
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What is the meaning of AFAIK abbreviation? [closed]

I would like to understand what is the meaning of AFAIK, as used in this answer at StackOverflow!
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Meaning of the "d" in "how'd" (other than "did" or "had")

In the movie The Martian in a scene right after the failed launch of provisions, there's a text on the screen as a chat message arrives at one of the scientists' computer. how'd the launch go? Now,...
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How to write an abbreviation of a plural form of the term

If I am writing text which contains plural form of a term that I include its abbreviation in brackets, should I include the s in the term itself inside the brackets or outside or not include the s in ...
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Can I shorten the word "subtitles" to "sub's"?

I wanted to use the form of colloquial speech in my writing, having the word abbreviation in context to simplify speech. "It's cool that you to create english sub's" and "It's cool that you to ...
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Is it approperiate to use months abbreviations in academic writing?

Is it appropriate to use months abbreviations in academic writing? For example: As of Aug. 2015, the program usage hit 50%
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What is the meaning of AKA abbreviation?

I have saw this expression been used very often in colloquial textual conversations (as in this question for example), but I don't know what it means.
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What do the abbreviations "Ms." and "Mrs" stand for?

What do the abbreviations "Ms." and "Mrs." stand for? and why do they have a capital letters? I mean, we use to pronounce them totally different from what we write and see, and we add them a full ...
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Is the use of '1991-9' annoying/confusing?

As a native, do you understand what '1991-9' means? Do you find it annoying or confusing? Maybe, '1991-99' would be better? '1991-1999' contains too many symbols, I would like to shorten it a bit.
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