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can i say

i went to the U.S yesterday

asked Jan 31 '12 at 03:57 Aruna New member

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You're missing a full stop (or period if you're in the U.S.). So no, when using letters as an acronym or initialism, you need to either indicate the abbrev. with a termination mark such as a period or comma (which is vastly becoming more and more acceptable). Another acceptable use would be using all capital letters with no termination points, having the acronym all in capitals is now commonplace to provide the information that it is an ancronym and not a word (eg, USA).

link comment answered Jan 31 '12 at 17:59 Jamie Makepeace New member
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I suspect you're asking about the verb and tense, not a missed period. So yes, you can say, "I went to the U.S. yesterday." The sentence is in simple past tense.

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 02:57 Tricia New member
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Yes it is correct to use the US, the UK, the USSR.

link comment answered Jan 31 '12 at 10:14 Rahul Gupta Expert
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Yes, it is correct.  U.S. is an abbreviation for United States.

link comment answered Jan 31 '12 at 17:49 Joanna New member

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