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Hello all!

I'm currently finishing up my EE and in my essay I mention the Soviet Russia a few times. Now, English is not my mother tongue so I'm not sure if it is ok I just call them the Soviets (too informal?) or should I call them the USSR?

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Flomer

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I don't think it really matters what you decide to abbreviate for it as long as you define it in brackets the first time you use the abbreviation and you're consistent with it althrough the essay.

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I don't think it really matters what you decide to abbreviate for it as long as you define it in brackets the first time you use the abbreviation and you're consistent with it althrough the essay.

Just the answer I was looking for :)

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hey there!

It really depends on what you're referring to. If you're referring to the Soviet Council or the citizens in the Soviet Union, then using 'Soviet' is fine. However, if you're referring to the Soviet Union as a country, I'd personally use 'Soviet Union' or 'USSR.' Using 'the Soviets' when you refer to the nation itself would be less accurate than using 'USSR.' If we're talking about decision-making and policy, it's not uncommon to refer to the capital of the country as a symbol for the policy-makers, so this is also something you can consider. Consider what these three sentences actually say:

  1. The Soviets decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.
  2. The USSR decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.
  3. Moscow decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.

The first one implies that all the people in the Soviet Union agreed to send missiles to Cuba. The second and third are different, as they imply that it was a decision made by the state.

You should look at the context in which you mention 'Soviet Union,' and change it to what seems appropriate.

Good luck!

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hey there!

It really depends on what you're referring to. If you're referring to the Soviet Council or the citizens in the Soviet Union, then using 'Soviet' is fine. However, if you're referring to the Soviet Union as a country, I'd personally use 'Soviet Union' or 'USSR.' Using 'the Soviets' when you refer to the nation itself would be less accurate than using 'USSR.' If we're talking about decision-making and policy, it's not uncommon to refer to the capital of the country as a symbol for the policy-makers, so this is also something you can consider. Consider what these three sentences actually say:

  1. The Soviets decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.
  2. The USSR decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.
  3. Moscow decided to send nuclear missiles to Cuba.

The first one implies that all the people in the Soviet Union agreed to send missiles to Cuba. The second and third are different, as they imply that it was a decision made by the state.

You should look at the context in which you mention 'Soviet Union,' and change it to what seems appropriate.

Good luck!

Thank you so much!

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