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English term or phrase:Item Number
English translation:Item No. | Item #
Entered by: David Russi
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07:24 Aug 28, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Linguistics / Abbreviations
English term or phrase: Number.
I'm on my American magazine kick again, but this is a question I've never been sure of.

When abbreviating the term "Item number" in a catalogue, what is the commoner method of writing it:

Item No.:
or
Item no.:
?

In the UK, I find it more commonly written with a capital "N", but is the same true for the USA?

Answers preferred please from USA-based translators.

TVMIA
David Moore
Local time: 11:22
Item No. | Item #
Explanation:
I think the uppercase version is more common, though the use of the pound sign may be even more common.
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David Russi
United States
Local time: 03:22
Grading comment
Thanks, David; I think your peer agrees are pretty convincing!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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5 +6Item No. | Item #
David Russi
Summary of reference entries provided
Vincentius Mariatmo

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17 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +6
number.
Item No. | Item #


Explanation:
I think the uppercase version is more common, though the use of the pound sign may be even more common.

David Russi
United States
Local time: 03:22
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 21
Grading comment
Thanks, David; I think your peer agrees are pretty convincing!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, David


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  David Williams: Beware though, that # (used for No. in America) is called a "hash mark" or "hash" in British English, not "pound sign" (which in the UK is £). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash , en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_sign and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_sign
3 hrs
  -> The pund or hash sign is also known as the number sign. Thanks!

agree  Demi Ebrite: I see No. formal, no. informal, and # used often, and unpredictably, like on a spreadsheet to denote quantity or phone # (ph. #) to save characters - Jack = wonderful, yet I have never seen that symbol on any American typewriters - even vintage! : )
4 hrs
  -> Thanks!

agree  Taña Dalglish: Agree. Perhaps the symbol # is known as hash in the US but in British English, the symbol # is known as a "crosshatch"; http://www.thefreedictionary.com/crosshatch. I amended by answer/agreement slightly. Saludos David.
5 hrs
  -> The pund or hash sign is also known as the number sign. Thanks!

agree  NancyLynn
5 hrs
  -> Thanks!

agree  JaneTranslates: Agree with you, and with debrite.
7 hrs

agree  BrettMN
10 hrs
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Reference

Reference information:
Since I'm not a native speaker in US English, I can only post a reference here ^^

I think there are no "always use" and "never use" rules in this case. You can use No., no., or № respectively and people will understand. You can also use No and no (without period), although it might cause some confusion.

About the # (pound sign), it is usually used to denote the rank number.
Example : #1 Best seller
Hope this reference help you. CMIIW ^^

Reference :
(Followed by a numeral; used attributive) Showing the rank of something in a list or sequence. Abbreviations: No or No., no or no. (in each case, sometimes written with a superscript "o", like Nº or №). The symbol "#" is also used in this manner.


    Reference: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Number
    Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No.
Vincentius Mariatmo
Indonesia
Native speaker of: Indonesian
Note to reference poster
Asker: Thanks, Vincentius


Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Demi Ebrite: This is a good, thorough reference, Vincentius! : )
4 hrs
  -> Thank you for your comment, Demi :D
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