An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev. In strict analysis, abbreviations should not be confused with contractions or acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance.An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction.
Welcome to the abbreviations section of the website where you can view 11 Abbreviations worksheets. This popular worksheet on abbreviations is a simple but clever way of introducing new material and just one of the many worksheets in this section. You can easily add information you feel is important for your students or delete abbreviations you are not interested in covering during your lesson. Since the worksheets are so easy to use, do not hesitate to preview several of them before making your decision.
You might not need to devote an entire lesson to abbreviations but approaches as well as textbooks vary. Certain things like AM and PM you may just sneak in to your time lessons with really talking about what they stand for because honestly, many native speakers have no idea what words they represent but you might take a moment to explain what P.S. means at the end of a letter. Some abbreviations are more common than others and those are the ones you are going to want to focus on in your lessons. Students who are studying business English or at a very advanced level may be interested in learning some more specific terms which apply to their interests. As always what you choose to include in your lessons should be based on your students interests or goals and their level.
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