Abbreviations and Abbreviated Words

Letters or words?

Some abbreviations are read as individual letters:

Written forms only:

Some abbreviations are written forms only; they are still pronounced as full words.

Abbreviations as part of the language:

Some abbreviations (from Latin) are used as part of the language.

Note: This is also how we say them in spoken English; we write ‘e.g.’ and we say ‘for example’.

Shortened words:

Some English words can be shortened, and it is very common to meet them in this form,particularly in spoken English Here are some of the most common: