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The Period (#6), by Dennis Oliver

The Period (#6):
Measurements

One very common and important punctuation mark
( . ) looks like a small, dark circle. When this mark is
used with numbers, it's called a point. When it's used
in e-mail and WWW addresses, it's called a dot. In
other situations, it's called a period.

In American English, there are many common uses
for the period. One use is for abbreviations. Here are
some commonly used abbreviations for measurements:

 

bbl.

c.

doz.

fl. oz.

ft.

gal.

in.

lb.

mi.

min.

oz.

pt.

qt.

sec.

tbsp., T.

tsp., t.

yd.

 

 

barrel (of oil, for example)

cup

dozen (12 eggs)

fluid (liquid) ounce

foot

gallon (of gasoline, milk, etc.)

inch

pound

mile

minute

ounce

pint

quart

second

tablespoon

teaspoon

yard

 

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Special Notes:

 

1.

 

 

The abbreviations above are normally
used for both singular and plural forms:

1 bbl. / 100 bbl.

1 gal. / 10 gal.

1 min. / 45 min.

     
2.   The abbreviation lb. (for pound) is from
Latin (librum).
     
3.  

The symbol ' is also used for foot and the
symbol " is also used for inches:

12' 4" = 12 feet, four inches

3' 8" = three feet, eight inches

     
4.  

The symbol # is sometimes used for pound:

110# = 110 lb.

     
5.   In the phrases mpg (miles per gallon) and
mph (miles per hour), periods are not used.

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