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Pluralising abbreviations question

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Moln Mon 27-Apr-15 13:16:17

How do you do it?

For example in a document 'active period' is shortened to a/p. Further along the document several active periods are referred to, should it be:

a/ps, or
a/p's

OinkBalloon Mon 27-Apr-15 17:05:54

A/ps is ugly, but a/p's is plain wrong.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 27-Apr-15 17:09:26

Prefer a/ps to a/p's (as both words are shortened it makes no sense to have an apostrophe on the second) but far better would be A/Ps. Somehow clearer to have the abbreviation in upper case, although if that's not normally how it's done in this case you have to use the generally used version.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Mon 27-Apr-15 17:09:53

I'd go with A/P and A/Ps

CocktailQueen Mon 27-Apr-15 17:11:57

I'd change to AP and APs. You don't need an oblique. Define it at first occurrence: 'active period (AP)' then just use 'AP' after.

GiddyOnZackHunt Mon 27-Apr-15 17:41:32

Definitely AP and APs.

Moln Mon 27-Apr-15 19:56:28

Agree that a/ps looks ugly but a/p's is wrong.

I'd prefer no oblique but in the actual situation it's staying, sadly.

kelpeed Mon 04-May-15 11:28:04

does your organisation have a style guide ? these sorts of things would usually be covered to ensure institutional consistency.

To make clear that "active period" is abbreviated, i would use capitals, AP, with no forward stroke at all.

Then i would add the "s" to denote it being plural: APs.

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