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2008.05.27

UN, USA, NASA, SCUBA, MA, Ph.D. ... these letters may not look like much, but like MP3 files and trains at rush hour, a lot's been packed into them!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
STAND FOR (= represent a word)   〜を表す

Explanation

  • If a letter, character, or other symbol stands for a word or expression, it's used to mean that word or expression.
  • stand for とは、文字や数字、その他の記号が、ある単語や表現を意味するのに使われている、つまり、〜を表す、という意味です。

STAND FOR (= represent a word)

examples

  1. My initials are HRC. The “R” stands for Richard.
  2. The abbreviation ASAP stands for “as soon as possible.”
  3. a: What kind of work do you do?
    b: I'm an EFL teacher.
    a: EFL? What does that stand for?
    b: English as a Foreign Language.

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