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18 / 10 / 2010

ABBREVIATIONS-1: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This week we are going to look at some common abbreviations in English. There are thousands of abbreviations in English, and more are being created everyday in the world of mobile phones, email and Web 2.0. However, we will limit ourselves to the most common ones.

Today's first abbreviation is: ASAP

It stands for: As soon as possible

Example 1:
Albert, send me the business plan ASAP. I need to look at it before the meeting with the Board of Directors.

We use this abbreviation in writing, of course, but it is also sometimes used in conversation. Sometimes people say it as a two-syllable word, A-SAP, and other times they say it letter by letter, A-S-A-P.

Today's second abbreviation is: FYI

It stands for: For your information

Although you may sometimes hear people saying this abbreviation orally, it is generally reserved for letters, emails and other written communication.

Example 2 (the end of an email):
It was a pleasure visiting with you last week Carol. I'm sure our marketing teams will work well together.
All the best,

FYI: I have asked Albert to send me the business plan ASAP, so I'm confident I will have it by this Friday.

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Enjoy the rest of your day!