Technical English Words and Expressions that can and cannot be shortened in English

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Grammar Topic: General
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Published: 29th Nov 2007

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Technical English Words and Expressions that can and cannot be shortened in English 

 

Part A 

Without looking at Part B below, can you think of any other way of saying the things below in English, for 

example shorter and/ or more informal words and expressions? 

petroleum 

remote control   

 

 

 

 

 

 

the 

accelerator 

 

       

personal 

computer 

       

word 

processor 

(program) 

 

     

kilometres 

per 

hour 

 

     

kilometres 

 

      

centimetres   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hardware   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

radio 

cassette 

player 

      

influenza   

 

 

 

 

 

 

milligrams 

gasoline 

a laboratory 

 

Part B 

Match these words and expressions with the ones above 

cm 

flu 

the remote/ the zapper 

Word 

a ghetto blaster 

gas 

gear 

a lab 

kph 

mg 

the pedal/ the gas 

a PC 

petrol 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Technical English Words and Expressions that can and cannot be shortened in English 

 

Part C 

 

None of these words can be shortened in English  please write them out in full 

 

These forks are made from Sheffield’s finest stainless _____________ 

There is a problem with enriched uran_______, which can be used to develop nuclear weapons 

A dia_____ of how the future bridge will look 

Alumi_____ foil 

A radi____ cass_____ ________. 

Automa_____ can lead to many factory workers losing their jobs 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

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