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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2018 09:05 pm
Should I say or write, "UN is short for United Nations" or "UN stands for United Nations"?

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2018 10:27 pm
UN is the abbreviation ...
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layman
 
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Reply Fri 19 Jan, 2018 02:50 am
@paok1970,
I don't think there's a real strong rule here, but there is a difference between a diminutive and an abbreviation.

"kilo" ( diminutive) is short for kilometer
km (abbreviation) stands for kilometer.

Rick does not "stand for" Richard, it is "short for" Richard.
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travelinhobo
 
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Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 06:37 pm
@paok1970,
UN stands for. If you say it's short for, that means it's an abbreviation. For ex: apt. is short for apartment. NASA stands for National Aeronautical...
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camlok
 
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Reply Sat 20 Jan, 2018 09:24 pm
@paok1970,
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Should I say or write, "UN is short for United Nations" or "UN stands for United Nations"?


You can say or write either. In more formal writing situations you might use abbreviation.

UN is the short form for United Nations.

UN stands for United Nations.
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