Abbreviation of "continued"
My group is having a disagreement about the proper abbreviation of the word "continued" as used on a PowerPoint slide.
The proper abbreviation for "continued" is "cont'd." or "con't." or "con't."
As a student (many years ago), I was taught that cont'd was the proper abbreviation for continued. However, today I aslo find sources that say cont, con't, and contd are acceptable abbreviations for general writing.
Given this range of answers, I turned to the bible used by my profession -- ANSI/CSI TD-24. -- and related standards -- ANSI/ASME Y14 and ANSI/AISC Code of Standard Practice. In the previous sentence, ANSI = American National Standards Institute, CSI = Construction Specification Institute, ASME = American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and AISC = American Institute of Steel Construction.
These sources agree on the following:
- If at all possible, avoid abbreviations. (This agrees with the style manual advice for formal writing.)
- Abbreviations should not include punctuation. This means no periods or apostrophes. (This contradict most grammar and style advice.)
- Continued = contd
- Continuous = cont
I hope this helps.
|link comment||answered Mar 04 '13 at 20:59 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
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