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Abbreviation of “number”

September 20, 2012

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I agree with Henri, I see a difference.

You cannot go there. - It is not possible/permissible to go there, i.e. you have to not go there.
You can not go there. - it is not obligatory to go there, i.e. you don't have to go there.

But I can see how it could be confusing and I'd avoid "can not".

p.s. I'm UK

Thredder January 8, 2014, 5:37am

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In a French omelette you should only use 1 egg.

...because in French, 1 egg is un oeuf.

Thredder October 8, 2013, 6:00am

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Isn't writing a little like a balanced diet? - everything in moderation.
If you use an adverb where an adverb is needed then it's ok... but if you overuse adverbs, or repeat the same tiresome cliche-ed adverbs, etc. then your writing is going to suffer.

Thredder May 7, 2013, 6:57am

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Jasper, I would also have said that 'A' was the most natural in English.
Choice 'D' seems quite clumsy to me.

Thredder January 4, 2013, 6:03am

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The UK Guardian newspaper style guide also uses Farc and Nasa.

They say this:
Use all capitals if an abbreviation is pronounced as the individual letters (an initialism): BBC, CEO, US, VAT, etc; if it is an acronym (pronounced as a word) spell out with initial capital, eg Nasa, Nato, Unicef, unless it can be considered to have entered the language as an everyday word, such as awol, laser and, more recently, asbo, pin number and sim card. Note that pdf and plc are lowercase.

Thredder September 19, 2012, 3:16am

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I'm very content to use Table of Contents.

Thredder September 14, 2012, 12:07am

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Typo alert... - "1 power OF attorney...."

Thredder September 6, 2012, 7:02am

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Monocle (et al.) - do we really need to add extra irregular verbs to the language when the perfectly regular 'texted' is already in common use and understandable?

To counter your list, how about - vet / vetted - pet / petted - arrest / arrested - reflect / reflected... why not text / texted...?

Thredder September 6, 2012, 2:58am

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provincejim - "Stoke have confirmed the signing of Michael Owen on a one-year-deal...." sounds fine to my British ear.
"Stoke has confirmed..." would sound wrong, on the other hand, more like a person or the town of Stoke that did something, not the football team (sorry, soccer team ;) ).

I guess in the US, teams are maybe more often called by their nicknames, "The Rams have played ..." etc., but if you look on various forums and boards, there are lots of US examples of, "Dallas have drafted...." or "Chicago have drafted..." etc., so it's not just a British thing.... but maybe is a sports thing.

Thredder September 6, 2012, 1:18am

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bringing it back to attorneys rather than military ranks... it is 1 power or attorney, and 2 powers of attorney (not 2 power of attorneys)

same principle.

Thredder September 4, 2012, 2:28am

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I would certainly use periods, looks clearer and otherwise you could end up with eg on your face.


Thredder September 4, 2012, 2:11am

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To answer the original question - yes, it bothers me.

Thredder September 4, 2012, 2:00am

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#caller - "Good morning, is this Jane Smith?" / "Can I please speak with Ms Smith?"

# Jane Smith - "Speaking."

Problem solved, thank you very much.
I can't believe this argument has gone on for so long.

Yes there's a difference between what people speak now and sounds acceptable, and what the rules say sounded acceptable once. One of the joys of English is that it is fluid and not so rigid and stuck behind grammar rules... see split infinitives and prepositions on the end of sentences, and various others (probably all with posts as long as this one).

Say what you want on the phone, either you'll sound normal, or pretentious, or dumb depending on what side of this argument the other person believes in... either way, it shouldn't cause a problem.

Thredder September 4, 2012, 1:21am

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