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Saturday, 08 October 2011 00:00

Like most languages, Spanish makes wide use of abbreviations.  In Spanish many abbreviations are the reverse of the English version, eg la U.E. instead of E.U., la O.N.U. instead of U.N.O. and la O.T.A.N. for  N.A.T.O. This is because adjectives follow the noun in Spanish rather than precede it as in English.

As for abbreviations of plurals in Spanish they simply double the letter, eg EE.UU. (Estados Unidos – USA), FF.CC. (Ferrocarriles – Railways), JJ.OO. (Juegos Olímpicos - Olympic Games).

The above is an excerpt from a longer article written by Don Pablo on another website. To read more, click Keep it short! Spanish abbreviations

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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