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    British English abbreviations

    Can someone let me know the link where I can find a list of abbreviations in British English? Thanks.

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    Re: British English abbreviations

    Most of those abbreviations would be common to other variants, and there would be thousands of them. What area are you interested in?

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    Re: British English abbreviations

    Thanks, Tdol.

    I believe the abbreviation of Mount is Mt in British English, and Mt. in American English. Also, Mr is British English, while Mr. is American English. I would like to know where I can find a list of abbreviations where the American will put a full stop but the British will have no full stop.

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    Re: British English abbreviations

    The examples you have given are of differences in punctuation, not of abbreviation. Both use "Mr". The only difference is whether or not they put a full stop after it. Many years ago, British English used the full stop after "Mr/Mrs/Ms" but, as a general rule, now we don't.

    THIS site might help.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: British English abbreviations

    In BrE, we are supposed to put the full stop after an abbreviation that does not end with the last letter of the word:
    Prof. (Professor)
    Rev. (Reverend)
    When it ends with the last letter, we don't use a full stop:
    Mr (Mister)
    Dr (Doctor)

    However, this rule is often broken/ignored in BrE. Indeed, it was only when I became a teacher that I learned of its existence- I went through school and university without knowing it. I follow it now, and it is easy to do so- simply look at the last letter and BrE pedants will approve of your choice.

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