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    Hot or cold air-cond

    Hi,

    Is it right to say "the air-cond is not cold enough"? What are other ways to say it correctly?

    Thanks

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    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    I've never heard "cond" instead of "conditioning."

    Could we make it a little cooler in here, please?
    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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    #3

    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    "air-cond"

    I occasionally see/hear "air-con" as an informal abbreviation for air conditioning, there are a couple of references in COCA, and both "air-con" and "aircon" occur in company names on the net, but I've not seen "air-cond".

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    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    ...or simply AC.

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    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    I've never been to any English-speaking countries so I wouldn't know what was the abbreviation of air-conditioning. In fact, there are many more.The English variety used in my country is very much influenced by the culture in my country. I'm glad this website was set up so I can learn natural English from native English speakers.

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    #6

    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    Cond may be used in some variants of English - like Malaysian English - but I haven't come across it. Air-con/aircon is fairly common. I first heard AC about a decade ago from a Pakistani speaker, and I didn't know what he meant, but I have heard it quite a bit since then.

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    Re: Hot or cold air-cond

    "AC" is common in the US, but "aircon" is not.

    The bigger problem is whether turning the AC "up" means make it work harder to cool it off more, or turn the temperature up, or whether turning the AC "down" means make it work less hard to it's not so cool, or lower the temperature further.

    I had that happen just the other day - it was a bit warm in our work space and I asked if anyone minded if I turned the AC up a bit, and someone thought I wanted to make it even warmer.
    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: Hot or cold air-cond

    Is it right to say "the air-cond is not cold enough"?
    When I first read that I thought you were complaining that the AC unit was not functioning properly. That its output of cold air was not cold enough.

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