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Essential Acronyms for English Writing

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How, when and why we use the mainly Latin acronyms (abbreviations) etc., e.g., n.b., CV, a.m., p.m. AD and (English) BC. Examples of use in business emails are provided.

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Essential Acronyms for English Writing

  1. 1. Essential Acronyms for English writing mybusinessenglish.commybusinessenglish.com e.g. i.e. etc. NB CV Sunday, 4 August 13
  2. 2. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  3. 3. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  4. 4. etc. • et cetera (Latin) • Means ‘and so on’,‘and other similar things’ • Say ‘et cetera’ /et’setrǝ/ or /ek’setrǝ/. Hi Louise Do you need anything from the office supplies store? I am going there to pick up some paper, pens, staplers etc.. Regards Julie Sunday, 4 August 13
  5. 5. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  6. 6. NB / n.b. • nota bene (Latin) • Means ‘please note’, ‘take careful note’ • Say ‘NB’ or ‘please note’. Hi everyone We now have a new photocopier in the office, so hopefully we’ll have fewer problems from now on. NB The on button is at the back of the machine. Regards Fiona used to highlight information / details Sunday, 4 August 13
  7. 7. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  8. 8. i.e. • id est (Latin) • Means ‘that is...’,‘this means...’,‘in other words...’ • Say ‘IE’ or / ‘that is’. Hi everyone Could all staff on the evening shift (i.e. Phil, Graham and Terry) please ensure that the security door is closed at all times. Regards Fiona used to explain something more precisely Sunday, 4 August 13
  9. 9. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  10. 10. e.g. • exempli gratia (Latin) • Means ‘for example’ • Say ‘EG’ or ‘for example’ Hi everyone There have been many problems recently in our supply chain (e.g. a lack of stock) so I’d like to set up a meeting for Friday morning at 9. Please let me know if the time is inconvenient for you. Thanks and regards Brigitta Warning Don’t confuse e.g. with etc.! Used for giving examples. Sunday, 4 August 13
  11. 11. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  12. 12. CV • curriculum vitae (Latin) • means ‘course of life’ • Say ‘CV’,‘curriculum vitae’ or ‘resume’ /’rezǝmei/. Dear HR Manager, I have attached my CV and cover letter as you requested. Kind regards, Fiona Sunday, 4 August 13
  13. 13. pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV AD/BC amwriting Sunday, 4 August 13
  14. 14. am a.m. AM / pm p.m. PM • anti meridiem and post meridiem (Latin) • AM means ‘before midday/noon’ • PM means ‘after midday/noon’ • Say ‘AM’ or ‘PM’ Dear Olga Thank you for your interest in the Accounting America conference. The conference begins at 9am sharp and finishes at 4pm on Friday, June 5. Kind regards Tim In the workplace, a.m. is often written for morning and p.m. for afternoon. Sunday, 4 August 13
  15. 15. writing pm e.g. etc. i.e. n.b. CV am AD/BC Sunday, 4 August 13
  16. 16. BC / AD • before Christ (English only) • Write/say year + BC e.g. 25 BC not BC 25 • anno Domini (Latin) • Means ‘In the year of the Lord’ • Write/say AD + year or year + AD • e.g. AD 585 or 585 AD Used as starting point of Western calendar. Sunday, 4 August 13
  17. 17. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  18. 18. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  19. 19. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  20. 20. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  21. 21. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  22. 22. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  23. 23. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  24. 24. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  25. 25. Quick Summary etc. et cetera and so on / and so forth n.b. nota bene Please note i.e. id est That is... e.g. exempli gratia for example CV curriculum vitae ‘course of life’ CV/resume AM ante meridiem before noon/midday PM post meridiem after noon/midday BC before Christ before Christ AD anno Domini ‘The year of our Lord’ Western calendar year References Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage (Pam Peters 2007) Sunday, 4 August 13
  26. 26. mybusinessenglish.commybusinessenglish.com mybusinessenglishYoutube channelmybusinessenglishYoutube channel FurtherViewing: Eight Essential Business English Email Acronyms and Abbreviations subscribe Sunday, 4 August 13

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