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    Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Would you say "ASAP" in Verbal English?

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

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    Yes, I have heard this abbreviation (meaning "as soon as possible") used in spoken English.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Yes, it's common in the New World. The pronunciation is not A.S.A.P, but eh-SAPP.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Yes, it's common in the New World. The pronunciation is not A.S.A.P, but eh-SAPP.
    Some say that. Others, like me, would pronounce the letters.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    I say ay-sap about90% of the time and ay-ess-ay-pee about 10% of the time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I say ay-sap about90% of the time and ay-ess-ay-pee about 10% of the time.
    I've only very rarely used ay-ess-ay-pee and I've never used ay-sap.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    I have never used "ay-sapp" but frequently use "ay ess ay pee".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I would pronounce it as A Sap, or, as Dave pointed out, A.S.A.P. Are you from the eastern part of your country?
    "A sap", "eh sapp", same thing. Long A + "sap". No, I live in western Canada. The spelled out A.S.A.P. exists, of course, but eh-sap is overwhelmingly more common. I'd agree off-hand with Barb D's guesstimates.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I say ay-sap about 90% of the time and ay-ess-ay-pee about 10% of the time.
    I do the opposite.

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    Re: Would you say "ASAP" directly in Verbal English?

    As a matter of interest I believe 'ASAP' was a replacement for the telegraphese* 'soonest' (whch meant 'as soon as possible' but cost a quarter as much to send).

    *Remember telegrams, which predated Skype and e-mail? You paid for them based on the wordcount. The last I sent was in 1971.

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