Abbreviations
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Abbreviations

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An abbreviation is simply a shortened form of a word. Generally, abbreviations begin with a capital letter and end with a period. For example, the month of November can be abbreviated to read: Nov. We can also abbreviate the days of the week so that Tuesday could be written as Tues.

1.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

He was looking for John Peters Senior rather than his son.
Snr.
Sn.
S.
Sr.
The correct abbreviation for Senior is “Sr.” Answer (d) is correct.
2.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

He was ordered by Captain Richardson to report to the infirmary.
Cpt.
Capt.
Capn.
Cp.
The correct abbreviation for Captain is “Capt.” Answer (b) is correct.
3.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

My father finally got his Doctor of Philosophy Degree.
Dr. of PD
Dr.PD.
Ph.D.
Doc.Phd
When a person receives a degree in philosophy it is referred to a philosophy doctorate degree so a Doctor of Philosophy Degree is abbreviated as “Ph.D.” (philosophy doctor or doctorate). Answer (c) is correct.
4.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

He has to send a check to the post office box listed on the website.
P.O.
PsO.
Ps.Of.
Po.Of.
The abbreviation of post office box is “P.O.” box. Answer (a) is correct.
5.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

Professor Hicks tentatively passed out the test results.
Prof.
Pro.
Prf.
Pfr.
The correct abbreviation for Professor is “Prof.” Answer (a) is correct.
6.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

Mister and Missus Rexburn were invited to attend the opening ceremonies at the Olympics!
Mtr. and Mss.
Mr. and Mrs.
Mist. and Miss.
Mr. and Miss.
The abbreviation for Mister is “Mr.” The abbreviation for Missus is “Mrs.” As there is no “r” in the word “Missus,” people have gotten confused on this. At one time in history men were considered to “own” their wives so the “Mrs.” was actually used to show possession or ownership. The abbreviation was actually showing that Maggie was the Mister’s wife, hence “Mrs.” dropping the apostrophe between the “r” and the “s”. The abbreviation is still standard use today although some women now prefer to use “Ms.” rather then “Mrs.” Answer (b) is correct.
7.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

The entire family recently moved to Minnesota.
MN
MI
MT
MA
In this sentence we are looking for the abbreviation of a state. State abbreviations are one example where a period is not used in its abbreviated form. “MI” is the abbreviation for Michigan. “MT” is the abbreviation for Montana. “MA” is the abbreviation for Massachusetts. “MN” is the abbreviation for Minnesota. Answer (a) is the correct abbreviation.
8.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

She was going to attend the West Virginia University.
Univ. of WV
W.VU
WeV.Univ.
WVU
The abbreviation for the University of West Virginia is “WVU.” Educational establishments generally do not use a period in their abbreviations. Answer (d) is correct.
9.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

Jillian received a call from Doctor Bishop that her test results came back clear.
Doc.
Dtr.
Dcr.
Dr.
The correct abbreviation for Doctor is “Dr.” Answer (d) is correct.
10.
For the sentence below, determine which answer shows the correct abbreviation for the underlined word.

He quickly scribbled Wednesday on his notepad as the day the repair man would be coming.
Wdy.
Wdn.
Wed.
Wdny.
The correct abbreviation for Wednesday is “Wed.” Answer (c) is correct.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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