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How to Use Abbreviations

When we speak, we often abbreviate words. We also shorten words when we write text messages (SMS). Here's a handy guide to some of the more common abbreviations.

Speaking


gonna
= is / am going to (do something)
"I'm gonna call him now."

wanna = want to
"I wanna speak to you."

gotta = has / have got to (or have got)
"I gotta go!"

innit = isn't it
"It's cold, innit?"

ain't = isn't / haven't / hasn't
"He ain't finished yet."
"I ain't seen him today."

ya = you
"Do ya now what I mean?"

lemme = let me
"Lemme see … tomorrow's a good time."

whadd'ya = what do you …
"Whadd'ya mean, you don't want to watch the game?"

dunno = don't / doesn't know
"I dunno. Whadd'ya think?"

Text messaging abbreviations

Numbers

2 = to / two
4 = for / four
8 = ate

Letters

U = you
C = see
B = be

CU L8r = see you later

msg – message
pls = please
cld = could
gd = good
vgd = very good
abt = about
ths = this
asap = as soon as possible
tks = thanks
txt = text
LOL = lots of love / laugh out loud
x = a kiss!

Abbreviations Quiz

Level: Pre-intermediate and above

1. What film are you __ see?
2. __ cup of coffee?
3. I'm telling __ , it's cold out there!
4. __ help you with that bag.
5. I __ see my boss tomorrow.
6. It's a good film, __
7. Don't keep asking him! He __ help!
8. __ think about going to the beach?
9. I __ . Maybe tomorrow.
10. __ got there?
11. Got any tissues in __ bag?
12. He's got a __ friends.
13. (Text message) Pls __ me when u arrive.
14. (Email) We need to talk __ the party next week.
15. (Email / text message) Please call me __
16. (Text message) Pls call when u get this __
17. (Text message) Went to a __ party at weekend!
18. (Text message) Did u get my msg last __ ?
19. (Text message) __ u meet me at station?
20. __ 4 help!



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6 comments

Mahmood yousuf
Thank you so much
tabet
thank you very much
Ayush Kumar Bhatt
Its good to see that these are available on this site.
tUnjid
vgd!!!
Josh Sitonarock
Thenks.
Jehan
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