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vs. or vs for versus

 
 
Nat093
 
Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2017 02:17 pm
I wonder whether I should use a full stop after "vs", and what it exactly depends on.

Which form is more common in British English?
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centrox
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2017 02:24 pm
If an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of a word (e.g. 'vs' for the Latin word versus, Dr for Doctor, Mr for Mister, St for Saint and so on), the American rule is to include a full/stop period at the end. The British norm, however, is not to use a period at the end.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 31 Jan, 2017 03:15 pm
@centrox,
...tho many of us Yanks lean to the Brit
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Nat093
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2017 06:31 am
@centrox,
Following this rule, I conclude I should include a period after 'etc.', as it does not consist of the first and last letter of et cetera.
However, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English writes:
etc. (also etc British English)

I am a little bit confused now.
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centrox
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2017 06:39 am
Decide whether you are writing British English or American English. If British, do not follow etc with a period. If American, use a period.
Nat093
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2017 06:48 am
@centrox,
But there is a common rule in British English (you even told me that): If an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of a word, a period is normally omitted. If the abbreviation consists only of the first part of a word, then you should put a period at the end.

So to me, abbreviations like 'Prof.' or 'etc.' are written correctly that way.
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centrox
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2017 07:52 am
So use the period. I
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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2017 09:34 am
To complicate matters ('cause I'm a stinker), at least in America, lawyers and judges just use v.

As in:
Brown v. Board of Education
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