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The most used English abbreviations

Abbreviations and headwords are abbreviated forms of long phrases and words. These types of words are widely used to shorten the text or make it easier to read the text.

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Note that such words are divided into informal and formal. Of course, it is much better if the full form of these words is used in official texts. If you want to use an acronym or headword, you have to provide the full form of the word at least once, because an acronym may have several meanings and some people may not know the meaning of the acronym and the headword. In this article, we will teach you the most used English acronyms so that you can join us at the end of this article.

Standard Abbreviations in English

are not => aren’t

cannot => can’t

could not => couldn’t

could have => could’ve

did not => didn’t

does not => does not

do not => don’t

ever => e’er

had not => hadn’t

has not => hasn’t

have not => haven’t

he had; he would => he’d

he will; he shall => he’ll

he is; he has => he’s

I had; I would => I’d

I will; I shall => I’ll

I am => I’m

I have => I’ve

is not => isn’t

it would => it’d

it shall; it will => it’ll

it is; it has => it

let us => let’s

madam => ma’am

might not => mightn’t

might have => might’ve

must not => mustn’t

must have => must’ve

and => ‘n’

need not => needn’t

never => ne’er

over => o’er

old => ol ’

ought not => oughtn’t

shall not => shan’t

she had; she would => she’d

she will; she shall => she’ll

she is; she has => she’s

should not => shouldn’t

should have => should’ve

that would => that’d

that is; that has => that’s

there had; there would => there’d

there shall; there will => there’ll

there has; there is => there’s

they had; they would => they’d

they will; they shall => they’ll

they are => they’re

they have => they’ve

it was => ’twas

was not => wasn’t

we had; we would => we’d

we will => we’ll

we are => we’re

we have => we’ve

were not => weren’t

what will; what shall => what’ll

what are => what’re

what is; what has; what does => what’s

what have => what’ve

where did => where’d

where is; where has => where’s

where is; where has => where’s

who had; who would => who’d

who will; who shall => who’ll

who is; who has => who’s

who have => who’ve

why did => why’d

will not => won’t

would not => wouldn’t

would have => would’ve

you had; you would => you’d

you will; you shall => you’ll

you are => you’re

you have => you’ve

Abbreviations for time and date

The following English abbreviations refer to time and date:

Jan => stands for January meaning the month of January

Feb => stands for February meaning the month of February

Mar => stands for March meaning the month of March

Apr => stands for April meaning the month of April

May => stands for May meaning the month of May

Jul => stands for June meaning the month of July

Abbreviation for July means January

Aug => stands for August meaning the month of August

Sep => stands for September meaning the month of September

Oct => Abbreviation for October means October

Nov => stands for November meaning the month of November

Dec => Abbreviation for December means December

a.m => stands for Ante Meridian meaning before noon

p.m => Abbreviation for Post meridian meaning afternoon

Hrs => Abbreviation for Hours meaning hour (s)

Location acronyms

U.S. => United States => United States

U.K. => United Kingdom => Great Britain

E.U. => European Union => European Union

U.A.E. => United Arab Emirates => United Arab Emirates

 The most commonly used English acronyms

Commonly used abbreviations in English

IQ => Intelligence Quotient => IQ

ID => Identification => ID card

CD => Compact Disc => CD

DVD => Digital Video-Disc / Digital Versatile Disc => DVD

PhD => Doctor of philosophy => PhD degree

ISO => International Organisation for Standardisation => ISO – World Organisation for Standardisation

ICU => Intensive Care Unit => Intensive Care Unit

AIDS => Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome => AIDS – A syndrome that destroys the body’s defences

ISBN => International Standard Book Number => International Standard Book Number

OPEC => Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries => OPEC – Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries

<= TOEFL => Test of English as a Foreign Language Test TOEFL

IELTS => International English Language Testing System => IELTS test

UNESCO => United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation => UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

UNICEF => United Nations Children’s Fund / United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund => UNICEF – United Nations Emergency Fund for Children

PIN => Personal Identification Number => Personal Identification Number

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