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Why Not?

Senior Member
German
Hi All,

not sure whether there is a slight difference in meaning between the following expressions and whether one of them might be more idiomatic
than the other one:

" The approach is based on what is called “Content and Language Integreted Learning” (generally abbreviated as CLIL)"

"
The approach is based on what is called “Content and Language Integreted Learning” (generally abbreviated to CLIL)"

Thanks in advance for your help.

Why Not?
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I would talk about something's being "abbreviated as" when initials replace the spelled out words.

    If there were a shorter version of the name that left out some of the words, or used shorter versions, then I would say "shortened to".
     

    jabogitlu

    Senior Member
    USA-English
    Agreed mostly. Abbreviated as = UCLA (Letters Replace Words), Abbreviated To = Mr. (replaces the word Mister)
     
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