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    Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    What's the best way to abbreviate "Number" in "Number of rows"?

    Num?
    Nbr?
    Nb?

    Note that I don't really like "#". Also note "no." isn't a valid option.
    Last edited by Ginette123; 19-Jul-2015 at 08:04.

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    Re: Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    Welcome to the forum, Ginette.

    I wouldn't abbreviate it in "Number of rows".

    What makes you think "no" isn't a valid option? Many dictionaries here (click on the underlined link) tell you that it is. (Bookmark the OneLook site for future reference.)

    Most of us are growing accustomed to "#" for number. Isn't it used informally in French?

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    Re: Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    Hello,

    I've read in numerous places that "no." must be followed by an actual number (e.g., "no. 1").

    I've never really liked "#" as an abbreviation in a sentence, only because I think it looks ugly. In my mind, it's a bit similar to "any1" replacing "anyone."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jul-2015 at 11:30. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    Carrying on from what Rover_KE has written, I think traditionally "no." is a British English abbreviation for number and "#" is the American English abbreviation.

    However, as Rover_KE has also said, we are now becoming more accustomed to the use of #. I still would not use it myself though, just because it's not what I'm used to.

    You are right about the fact that both are usually followed by 1, 2, 3 etc. That is why Rover_KE said it doesn't work with words such as in "Number of rows".

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    Re: Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    I would use No. of rows. Idon't see why it's not valid. However, of the three you suggest, Num. is the clearest to me.

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    Re: Abbreviating "Number" in "Number of..."

    I think it's probably because I wouldn't use an abbreviation of number in ordinary writing. I'd only really use it when listing numbers as examples, or similar instances.

    It may now be used more in the form you mention. I realise that English usage is quite fluid as it changes over time, and I have no problem with that.

    I would probably use it on a spreadsheet, to save space, in exactly in the way you mention.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 19-Jul-2015 at 14:38. Reason: Removal of typos.

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