Abbreviation of "continued"


My group is having a disagreement about the proper abbreviation of the word "continued" as used on a PowerPoint slide.

See example:

The proper abbreviation for "continued" is "cont'd." or "con't." or "con't."
asked Mar 04 '13 at 20:32 Traci Morris New member

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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

Per my college text book (15 years old and still on my desk as a reference) to correct bbreviation of "continued" is  "(cont.)"  

link comment answered Jan 29 '14 at 18:46 Em DTeam New member

"Continued" is persist in an activity or process so I wouldent stress about it.

link comment answered Dec 01 '15 at 21:02 Kaitlyn New member

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