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Abbreviation of los Estados Unidos


Why is los Estados Unidos abbreviated as EE UU ?

updated ABR 23, 2017
edited by --Mariana--
posted by JimBeadle

3 Answers


The double E and double U indicate that the letter represents a plural. Some other common Spanish abbreviations, among them FF. AA. for Fuerzas Armadas (Armed Forces) and AA. EE. for Asuntos Exteriores (Foreign Affairs), do the same thing. (Also in very common use are the abbreviations without the spaces and/or periods, such as EEUU, FFAA and AAEE.) Such a doubling of letters isn't done for all plurals; ONU is the abbreviation for la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, the United Nations.

updated ABR 23, 2017
posted by --Mariana--
Las FARC is another example of non-doubled plurals. But they're all mean so let them only have one letter per word. =p - rockdown667, JUL 14, 2010
lol. Good one. - --Mariana--, JUL 14, 2010
This shows that the doubling of the letters is done when all words in the name are plural. - maripositaxx, JUL 14, 2010

Based in Latin, plural abbreviations' letters are doubled in English, Spanish, and possibly other languages. Like the plural word "page" is abbreviated as "p." and "pages" is abbreviated as "pp.", "Estado Unido" (United State) is abbreviated as "E.U." and Estados Unidos (United States) is abbreviated as "EE.UU."

updated ABR 23, 2017
posted by B_A_Beder
Welcome to SpanishDict. This is an old thread, but thanks for the information.. - rac1, ABR 23, 2017

Because states are in the plural, the European Union on the other hand is singular La unión de Europa so it is abreviated to UE.

updated JUL 14, 2010
posted by kenwilliams
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