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    Questions on English

    Which words do "pros and cons" come from? Surely they are abreviation of words? Also what does oranges and apples mean?
    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Questions on English

    Quote Originally Posted by maggieharare View Post
    Which words do "pros and cons" come from? Surely they are abreviation of words? Also what does oranges and apples mean?
    Thank you in advance

    From the Latin "pro et contra"; "for and against."
    "Pro" is not abbreviated, but "con" is an English abbreviation for the Latin "contra."

    pro=singular, pros=plural
    con=singular, cons=plural

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