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The Parisian chucrh:

Église de Saint-German-des-Prés

Is it correct to write in short:

St. Germain d Pres

or do I have to use the - and full name?

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The abbreviation St or St. is OK, but not d for des. I think the hyphenation is optional, too.

Whether to put a period after an abbreviation or not: The rule (in English, at any rate) is that the period is not needed if the LAST letter of the abbreviation is the same as that of the unabbreviated word.

St, Dr, Mr are all OK, but Inc. requires the period.


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