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    #1

    Abbreviation

    Hi!
    How can you abbreviate the word "for"?
    For example, in Portuguese, you can say "Assigned for this task" like this "Destacado para esta tarefa" (where para means for).
    In Portuguese you can abbreviate "para" to "p/". So it would be "Destacado p/ esta tarefa". Can you do something like this in english with the word for?

    If so, is it polite/correct in the world of formal documents?

    I don't think so, as I've never read it but you natives and sage english speakers shall have the final opinion

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Abbreviation

    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com, jodp!

    'For' contains only three letters, is it necessary to abbreviate it?

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Abbreviation

    The only way I can think of is "4" (which, when read aloud, is pretty similar to "for"), but that is not standard English and should not, therefore, be used in documents.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Abbreviation

    No, we don't abbreviate "for."
    Last edited by Tdol; 16-Jul-2014 at 16:11. Reason: abbreviation -> abbreviate
    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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    #5

    Re: Abbreviation

    But you may see "w/" used for "with."

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    #6

    Re: Abbreviation

    In text messages, you will see "I'm here 4 u" for "I'm here for you."

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    Re: Abbreviation

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In text messages, you will see "I'm here 4 u" for "I'm here for you."
    Are you sure you didn't see 'im hear 4 u'?

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    #8

    Re: Abbreviation

    Yes.

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    Re: Abbreviation

    Yes thank you very much. It's not what I wasked for, but it's still something I woudln't recall if I wanted to.

    Actually it's possible I can figure out a way of replace the "for" with the "with" and then shorten it to "w/".
    Again, thank you!

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    Re: Abbreviation

    Why on earth would you want to do that?

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