|Abbreviations can be written with or without full stops (periods ) - be consistent.|
It is considered untidy to mix abbreviations with full stops and ones without full stops in the same article. The first two examples below are both correct, because the writer has been consistent.
COPY THEIR VERSION
In general, you have a choice whether to use full stops or not. However, when an abbreviation is a company title, you should copy the version the company uses.
Please remind me to renew my BUPA policy on Saturday.
(Note: BUPA does not use full stops in "BUPA" in its own correspondence.)
"IN OTHER WORDS" OR "FOR EXAMPLE"?
The abbreviation i.e. (id est) means in other words or that is to say; whereas e.g. (exempli gratia) means 'for example'. Do not confuse the two.
It happened in August, i.e., two months
All amphibians are thriving in the new pond; e.g., two bullfrogs were spotted yesterday.
They all passed easily, i.e., Jane scored 80%.
See the lesson on e.g. and i.e.
The abbreviation etc. is a contraction of et cetera. However, it is often mistakenly written as ect. (This is because many people pronounce it eccetra.)
For a small monthly bonus, you can present staff with shop tokens, flowers, chocolates, theatre tickets, ect.
(Note: It is normal to include the full stop with etc.)
FINISH THE ABBREVIATION
If using full stops (periods) in abbreviations, ensure you give the last letter a full stop too.
should be M.O.T.