MCOM 257 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Ap Stylebook, Abbreviation, Maureen Connolly

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Published on 15 Nov 2017
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Towson University
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Mass Communication
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MCOM 257
AP “tyle Must Ko Worksheet
Time element:
Use days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, etc.
Do not use today or tonight
Use the month and a figure for days of the week that are at least seven days before or after the
current day
Do not be redundant by writing last Tuesday or next Tuesday
Do not use the word on before the day of the week
Times:
Ages:
Always use figures
o The girl is 9 years old
Use hyphens when age is used as an adjective before a noun
o A 5-year-old boy
Names:
o Use only last names on second reference (unless subject requests otherwise)
o When necessary to distinguish between people who use the same last name use courtesy titles
Addresses:
Abbreviate Ave., Blvd., and St. but only with a numbered address
o 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Spell out Avenue, Boulevard and street without a numbered address
o Pennsylvania Avenue
Lowercase and spell out avenue, boulevard and street when used alone or with more than one
street name
o I droe do the aeue.
Always spell out other address words
Capitalize Alley, Drive, Road, Terrace when there is no numbered address
Use figures except for noon and midnight
Write a.m. or p.m. after the numeral
Use a colon to separate hours from minutes
o 12:30 p.m.
Do not use a colon exactly at the hour INSTEAD write 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Do not be redundant
o Do not write 10 a.m. Monday morning
Write 9-11 a.m. or 9 a.m.-5 p.m. when stating a period of time
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o York Road, Greenmount Terrace
Lowercase when used alone or with two or more names
o I was driving down an old, dirt road.
o The swim club was at the corner of York and Belvedere roads.
Always use figures for an address number
o 5541 Force Road
Spell out and capitalize First through Ninth as street names
o 7 Fifth Ave.
Use figures for 10th and above as street names
o 100 21st Street
Abbreviate compass points E., W., N., S., in an address with a number
o 222 E. 42nd St.
o 562 W. 43rd St.
If there is NO number, do NOT abbreviate
o East 42nd Street
o West 43rd Street
For quadrants of city, such as NW, abbreviate in a numbered address
o 600 K St. NW
o If there is no number, do not abbreviate
K Street Northwest
o Do not use periods in NW, SE
Dates, Months, Years:
Always use Arabic numbers
o May 1, Dec. 26
When a month has a specific date, abbreviate
o Only the longer months
Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Aug.15
When a month is used with a specific date spell out March 15, April 8, May 12, June 7, July 20
When a month is alone or only with a year, spell out months
o May 2007, March 2009, January 2016
When only a month and year is used DO NOT USE COMMA
When a month, day, and year is used, add a comma
o July 28, 1981
Use Arabic numbers for years
o 2016, 2017, 1998
Use an s for decades or centuries, no apostrophe!!!!
o 1890s
o 1900s
The only numeral that may start a sentence is a year
o 2016 was the year I graduate high school.
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Ages: always use figures, the girl is 9 years old, use hyphens when age is used as an adjective before a noun, a 5-year-old boy. Names: use only last names on second reference (unless subject requests otherwise, when necessary to distinguish between people who use the same last name use courtesy titles. Addresses: abbreviate ave. , blvd. , and st. but only with a numbered address, 1600 pennsylvania ave, spell out avenue, boulevard and street without a numbered address, pennsylvania avenue. Lowercase when used alone or with two or more names. If there is no number, do not abbreviate: east 42nd street, west 43rd street, for quadrants of city, such as nw, abbreviate in a numbered address, 600 k st. nw. If there is no number, do not abbreviate: k street northwest, do not use periods in nw, se. Dates, months, years: always use arabic numbers, may 1, dec. 26, when a month has a specific date, abbreviate, only the longer months.