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Bri_L's avatar

How do you type P.O.Box?

Asked by Bri_L (12143 points ) July 30th, 2009

What is the grammatically correct way?
Several options that came to my mind:
P.O.Box
P.O.BOX
P.O. Box

What is grammatically required? What is stylistically allowed?

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23 Answers

marinelife's avatar

P.O. Box for Post Office Box.

Bluefreedom's avatar

P.O. Box – I think Italics look stylistically sexy. =)

jamielynn2328's avatar

From the data entry experience I have, the proper way to enter for Post Office Standards is PO Box. No punctuation.

Zendo's avatar

It doesn’t matter. They are smart enough to figure it out at the post office.
po box 1123
PO BOX 1123
p.o. BoX 1123

No matter

AstroChuck's avatar

The USPS prefers you not use punctuation in your addresses.
PO Box is the desired choice of the post office..

Hambayuti's avatar

I would have answered P.O. Box but since one of @AstroChuck‘s field of expertise is the US Postal Service, I would have to say he knows best.

Bri_L's avatar

Cool Thanks EVERY one!!!

No punctuation with a space I think

Allie's avatar

I always put P.O. Box. I prefer the space, but I don’t think it’s necessary.

How come we spell out the box part?

YARNLADY's avatar

I just use POB 1123 for mine

styfle's avatar

Watch a tv show at the end where they tell you their mailing address such as Americas Funniest Home Videos.

Zendo's avatar

@YARNLADY I’m so sorry to have inadvertently given out your pob #.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Zendo the number in my example are the result of my finger slipping when I tried to type 1234, and not my actual number.

Zendo's avatar

@YARNLADY I thought so. LOL….I was jest pullin your leg.

hex's avatar

For addressing envelopes that will be processed by the USPS (United States Postal Service) they recommend removing any and all punctuation in order to speed up the delivery

Allie's avatar

@hex Seriously?
I never knew a . had such an impact.

Bri_L's avatar

You have never been around my house at certain times of the month.

Bah dum bump TShhhhh

augustlan's avatar

I dropped the periods in PO Box years ago, when I first read of the USPS preference. That said, I can’t seem to stop using a comma between city and state and I have to forcibly remind myself not to use a period when abbreviating street, avenue, etc. Apparently, I am a punctuation whore.

Allie's avatar

I still don’t understand why punctuation makes it more difficult to process. Anyone? Maybe AC will come back and he can explain it.

augustlan's avatar

@Allie If I remember correctly, it had something to do with word recognition software that is used in the initial sorting process. Maybe ”.” looks too much like an errant mark?

hex's avatar

Yes @augustlan, that’s it exactly I believe: the scanning/recognition process for sorting/pre-sorting

HungryGuy's avatar

I don’t think you can fit a PO Box in most typewriters…

KARIM's avatar

WHAT IS THE P.O.BOX IN GAZIANTEP

AstroChuck's avatar

Gaziantep is a Turksh city, not a post office box.

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