Dear all members,
Due to the need of a place to practise English especially Writing and the interest of English learners, I would like to start up a new activity in our forum, which I hope will be helpful for all of you. It is very easy for you to join, and we welcome everyone of course.
Let’s have a look:
1- The root of each exercise that comes to you is ABBREVIATION.
Abbreviation, as we all know, is the shortened form of a word or phrase.
In this definition, we also include acronym, which is the abbreviation coined from the initial letters or the initial multi-letters of a phrase.
Eg : UK stands for United Kingdom
radar stands for radio detection and ranging
* An abbreviation in American English often goes with a stop ‘.’ in the end (Mr. - kg. etc) while the stop is dropped in modern British English. (not very important though)
* It is very important for us to write an abbreviation with the capital letters or not, because an PM (Prime Minister) is different from pm (post meridiem) in 4 pm (16h).
* An acronym can be pronounced letter-by-letter. In this case, the stress falls on the last syllable. And remember to add an article in front of it. An example is “the BBC”.
* In the other case, an acronym is pronounced as an independent word and here we don’t use articles. So we say “UNESCO” instead of ‘the UNESCO’.
2- What would we do?
I will give you some abbreviations each time, which relate to one topic. Your task is to give the full words or phrases for each abbreviation, then write(post) an article/paragraph around the topic, or simply share the stories as far as they are concerned.
All comments (praise/complaint for a certain writing or topic and other ideas) should come to me via private messages. After the deadline of each topic, I’ll give a short summary and it’s time to start a new one. The period of running time depends on the topic.
Please pay attention: I recommend you to write seriously, in English of course, because your posts will be deleted if they are not relevant or stretch just 3-5 lines. Check your writing before you post, and feel free to edit it even after you have posted it.
Thanks for joining and have a nice stay each time!
Last edited by Pirate
on Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.