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    abbreviation L2

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    I deal with a problem concerning an abbreviation for a second language. I am at the beginning of preparing my dissertation and I encountered a problem. I noticed that there are lots of paper works which use an abbreviation for a second language. The problem is that each of linguists uses other articles. There exist examples of an L2/ a L2/ and the L2. Does anyone help me? Which article should I use writing about a second language. It dawn on me, that I should put before "L2" - a, owing the fact that it is always "a second language", but also there are works in which it is used "an" as an article. Thank you in advance for helping me.
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    Re: abbreviation L2

    "a L2" is incorrect because when one says the letter "L" aloud, it sounds like "el" which starts with a vowel, so should be preceded by "an". Whether "an" or "the" is appropriate depends entirely on the context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: abbreviation L2

    But you do not begin with "a language" but with "second" so the first sound which you utter is "s".

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    Re: abbreviation L2

    Quote Originally Posted by bartdebsky View Post
    But you do not begin with "a language" but with "second" so the first sound which you utter is "s".
    A second language.
    An L2.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: abbreviation L2

    Quote Originally Posted by bartdebsky View Post
    But you do not begin with "a language" but with "second" so the first sound which you utter is "s".
    It depends on how you read it aloud. If you read "This is an L2" as it's written, then it's "This is an ell two". If you read it as you described it, then it's "This is a second language".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: abbreviation L2

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on how you read it aloud. If you read "This is an L2" as it's written, then it's "This is an ell two". If you read it as you described it, then it's "This is a second language".
    Nevertheless, only an L2 is correct in writing. If you substitute "second language" when reading it aloud, say a despite what's written.
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