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  1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    Punctuation Omission of periods

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 7, 2014.

    In AmE, do you prefer the versions with or without the full stops? It definitely looks cleaner and more polished without them, no?

    •9:35 am / 9:35am (no space?) /
    9:35 a.m.
    •etc. / etc
    •et al. / et al
    •Dr. Smith / Dr Smith
    •Mrs. Andrews / Mrs Andrews

    Thank you.
     
  2. stevesh

    stevesh Banned Contributor

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    Technically, you need the periods in all those examples, but in common usage, including mine, they're often left out for etc (I've never used et al). I always use the period for an abbreviation like Mr. and Dr. and use uppercase abbreviations for AM and PM, no period.
     
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    1.) Writing "time" commonly omits full stops/periods

    2.) "Etc.", at least in the UK, almost always has a full stop/period

    3.) The same goes for "et al."

    4/5.) In the UK, full stops/periods are not used after abbreviations such as these, but are more common in America.
     
  4. dillseed

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    Thank you.
     
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    ditto that!... but i'd delete the 'almost'... and that goes for in the US, as well...
     

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