How would you read LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and how would you read NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)?
LCD is an abbreviation. When we say the word we say it as three separate letters L-C-D.
NATO is an acronym. When we say an acronym we say it like a usual word, nato.
Abbreviations are becoming more and more common in today's world. The internet-age and IM (instant messaging) have given us plenty of new ones - especially to fit messages into the 160-character limit of an SMS (Short Message Service).
I'm sure you are aware of LOL (laugh out loud), GF (girl friend) and OMG (oh my God). Is it because we are getting lazier? Possibly! However, as your English passes intermediate level, it is important to learn them.
Here are some common abbreviations and their meanings as well as some example sentences. These abbreviations have been used in English for many years.
RIP - rest in peace
FYI - for your information
B&B - bed and breakfast
AGM - annual general meeting
EFL - English as a foreign language
BYOB - bring your own bottle
TLC - tender loving care
VIP - very important person
Can you match the correct abbreviations to each sentence? Good luck!