Vs With or Without Dot (Period)

Whether to abbreviate versus with ‘vs.’ or ‘vs’

 

American English abbreviates ‘versus’ using a period. Examples:

 

British English abbreviates ‘versus’ without a period. Examples:

 

In legal cases the abbreviation ‘v.’ is common in American English. But it is also used in other contexts. Examples:

 

The British English uses ‘v’ without a dot for legal cases and also for other contexts. Examples:

 

The short abbreviation ‘v.’ and ‘v’ is more likely to be misunderstood by the reader. It should only be used when the context makes it likely that the reader will understand it. Else the reader might start guessing what ‘v’ stands for. Maybe the Roman number 5?



 


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