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    Eliminating full stops in 'am'/'pm'

    Which do you prefer - set 1 or 2? Are all four examples technically correct?

    Set 1
    At 10.05am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10am, Paul was acquitted.

    Set 2
    At 10:05 am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10 am, Paul was acquitted.

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    Re: Eliminating full stops in 'am'/'pm'

    Quote Originally Posted by frogboxer View Post
    Which do you prefer - set 1 or 2? Are all four examples technically correct?

    Set 1
    At 10.05am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10am, Paul was acquitted.

    Set 2
    At 10:05 am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10 am, Paul was acquitted.

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    What does your title have to do with your question? You haven't used full stops in am/pm in any of your examples.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Eliminating full stops in 'am'/'pm'

    In other words, instead of 'a.m.'/'p.m.', can they be written as I've done it?

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    Re: Eliminating full stops in 'am'/'pm'

    Quote Originally Posted by frogboxer View Post
    Which do you prefer - set 1 or 2? Are all four examples technically correct?

    Set 1
    At 10.05am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10am, Paul was acquitted.

    Set 2
    At 10:05 am, Paul was acquitted.
    At 10 am, Paul was acquitted.

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    Personally, I never use full stops, and just write am/pm. Other people will tell you that they always use them. As with many other things, it's a question of style for a lot of people and some publications will demand their use or their omission.

    I'm not sure why you've put them in those two sets. I can't see a connection between them. Putting a space before "am" in Set 2 doesn't explain why you have used "10:05" instead of "10.05". I used to see the colon used quite regularly when I travelled to continental Europe. It was used, for example, on the departures board for the Eurostar trains and I saw it again recently at a train station in Spain. We don't often use the colon in standard BrE writing though.

    I would write "At 10.05am, Paul was acquitted" and "At 10am, Paul was acquitted".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Eliminating full stops in 'am'/'pm'

    Thank you kindly, emsr2d2.

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