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Abbreviations Quiz

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1. The verb abbreviate means to:
a) provide an example b) make shorter c) reduce in quality
2. Which type of abbreviation is BBC?
a) initialism b) contraction c) shortening
3. When an abbreviation is a shortening, the front and/or end of the word is:
a) cut up b) cut off c) cut in
4. The modern approach to punctuating acronyms is to use:
a) no full stops b) one full stop c) two full stops
5. When you cut out part of the inside of a word, you form a:
a) contraction b) acronym c) initialism
6. In contractions of more than one word, missing letters are replaced by:
a) a full stop b) a comma c) an apostrophe
7. Contractions may be used to save space in writing or:
a) ink in printing b) time in speaking c) choice in punctuation
8. Initialisms are usually pronounced as:
a) letters b) contractions c) words
9. An acronym is usually pronounced as:
a) letters b) a word c) a phrase
10. Shortenings like app, zoo and bike are usually spoken in the:
a) original form b) informal form c) initial form