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Using Abbreviations

When I use com­mon abbre­vi­a­tions in an arti­cle, do I need to write the expla­na­tion of the abbreviation?

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  1. If there’s the slight­est chance that a reader might not under­stand the abbre­vi­a­tion, then it would be cour­te­ous to put the full name right next to it — in paren­the­ses. If you’re using the abbre­vi­a­tion more than once in the arti­cle, it’s only nec­es­sary to define it the first time. This is not the same as when writ­ing a book.

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