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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences between Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms?
An ABBREVIATION is a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole word. Some authorities consider acronyms and initialisms to be abbreviations.
An ACRONYM is a word (such as radar or snafu or NASDAQ) formed from the initial letter or first few letters of a word or a series of words (example: radar comes from radio detecting and ranging).
Acronyms are pronounced as complete words.
An INITIALISM is an acronym formed from initial letters (NYSE, AFL-CIO, NAACP, IRS, SEC).
Initialisms are prounounced letter by letter.
ITS OR IT'S?
The possessive form of the pronoun “it” is never written with an apostrophe, e.g., “Its start date is …” “What is its production record?” “Look at its nose!”
You only use an apostrophe when combining “it is” and “it has,” e.g., “It’s (it is) delicious,” or “It’s (it has) been wonderful.”
HOW DO LAST NAMES FORM THEIR PLURALS?
They form their plural by adding s to the singular or es if the name ends in s, z, ch, sh, or zh, e.g., the Carolinas, Robinsons, Piersons, Judys, Joneses, Savages, Morrises.
For an in-depth discussion, go to Judy’s Editing and Writing page.
A or AN before an H?
“An historical book” is not idiomatic in American English. Before a pronounced h, the indefinite article should be a. A hotel; a historical.
Therefore, precede a word beginning with a “breathy” “h” with an “a.”