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    It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or as t

    It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or as they are on the other days".

    Please check my sentence.

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    Re: It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or

    You can avoid the problem by simply saying "as usual".

    It was so hot yesterday that the AC was not as effective as usual.
    It so hot yesterday that that the AC really struggled.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or

    I know that this is conversational but I would rather not use abbreviations as much as possible unless they were previously defined.

    One could ask: Does "AC" mean "air conditioner" or does it mean "alternating current"

    Yes, you could say that the context would imply that the answer is "air conditioner". But why not remove all doubt and spell out the words?

    It was so hot yesterday that air conditioners were not as effective as usual.
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    Re: It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or

    Although the actual piece of equipment is called an "air conditioner", for me "AC" means "air conditioning". It's used as a noun in its own right, without needing something like "equipment" or "unit" at the end.

    The AC isn't working = The air conditioning isn't working. (This is what I would say, for example, to the receptionist or maintenance person at a hotel if I wanted it fixed.)

    There are probably more than two potential meanings of "AC" but the context given in your original post would lead most people to the conclusion that it means the air conditioning.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can avoid the problem by simply saying "as usual".

    It was so hot yesterday that the AC was not as effective as usual.
    It so hot yesterday that that the AC really struggled.
    How about my sentences? Are they wrong?

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    Re: It was so hot yesterday that AC's were not as effective "as they usually are" or

    They're understandable but unnatural.

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