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    There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Last year I read a piece of news about North Korea. It says that the country hadn't reported any COVID cases because they didn't let people go in their country and also they close their borders, not doing businesses or anything with any countries. I wrote a sentence to express the idea:

    There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea yet because the country closed its itself and never communicate with the outside world.

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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Last year, I read a piece of news about North Korea. It says said that the country hadn't reported any COVID cases because they didn't let people go into their country and also they close their borders, not doing stopped doing businesses business or anything with any all other countries. I wrote a sentence to express the idea:

    There isn't hasn't been one a single COVID case reported in North Korea yet because the country has closed its itself off and never communicate with to the outside world.

    Is my italic sentence natural?
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Write "Covid".
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Write "Covid".
    I'm not sure if this article will be accessible to everyone so, in case you can't read it, here's a précis.

    The Guardian (a leading British broadsheet newspaper) was accused, by a scientist, of "incorrectly" writing Covid-19" instead of COVID-19. The Guardian explained that, like most British newspapers, they use all capitals for abbreviations that are spoken as a collection of letters (BBC, IMF, NHS) but a single capital letter followed by lower-case for acronyms that are spoken as if they're a single word (Nasa, Covid, Unicef).

    The end of the story is: "The reader was remarkably understanding given that her query turned out to be more than passing curiosity: she was busily correcting scientific articles by authors who’d adopted the media’s style. We each apologised for having caused the other work and moved on better informed about our respective fields."
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    So they rewrite NASA?
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    And then there are all the acronyms that have no capitals, like laser, scuba, posh, snafu, and radar — once again proving the rule that there are no rules!
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Those all started off as acronyms, but through use they became familiar to many and became lower case.
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    The story about the supposed luxury nautical origins of 'posh' have been largely dismissed for lack of evidence. Origins relating to thieves' slang or the Romani word for 'half' are suggested as more likely origins of the term.

    Ergo, 'posh' probably never was an acronym to begin with.
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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    So they rewrite NASA?
    Yes, that seems bizarre to me too. It looks very strange to me in lower case. I don't think I've ever seen that.

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    Re: There isn't one COVID case reported in North Korea....

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Yes, that seems bizarre to me too. It looks very strange to me in lower case. I don't think I've ever seen that.
    I was surprised by that one too. However, I have seen "Unicef".
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