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  • Before you take the AP style quiz, here are a few additional notes that will help you better prepare for both the quiz and your writing assignments this week.
  • A few reminders: you will likely come across a lot of numbers when writing hard news stories. Remember, number zero through nine are written out while numbers 10 and up are written as numerals. There are some exceptions when you get into higher denominations, like millions and billions, so I suggest you always look them up when you come across them.Ages, times, and dimensions do not follow the numbers rules, as they are always written numerically, regardless of whether they are zero to nine or 10 and up. Remember to hyphenate ages only when they modify a noun, like in the examples above. A lot of my students have a hard time remembering the correct AP style for times. You can see here that a.m. and p.m. are written in lowercase letters, with periods separating the letters.
  • Money is another subject you are likely to come across often. Please take a few moments to review the examples here and look up others in your book.Some important things to know about cities and states. You will only abbreviate states when they are attached to a city, such as in the examples shown here. However, you do not need to provide a state when you are writing about something that happened in the state you are in. For example, if something happened in Salisbury or Baltimore or anywhere else in Maryland, you would not need to include the Md. abbreviation. There are also several cities that are large enough not to need a state abbreviation attached to them. Cities such as Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and many others like these can be found under the datelines heading in your book.With dates, the same abbreviation rule applies. You will only abbreviate the month when a numeral appears with it. Abbreviations for the months can be found under that heading in your book. Also, you will note that you should not use suffixes, such as st, nd, and th when writing dates.
  • Addresses are the AP style issues that tend to trip students up the most. First, there are only three types of roadways that ever get abbreviated: avenue, blvd., and street. That being said, those roadways only get abbreviated when there is a numerical address presented (not just a road name) as in the example shown here. When the name of a road is a number, such as fifth street or 42nd avenue, the usual number rules apply. You will spell out the number when it is less than 10 and use the numeral with a suffix when it is more than 10, as in these examples.Finally, directions in a street name and address are only abbreviated when a numerical address is attached. Please take a few moments to review these examples and others under the heading “addresses” in your book.
  • Now you should be adequately prepared to take your first quiz. Remember, you have until 11:59 p.m., and you only get one chance and 10 minutes to take it, so be prepared. Good luck!
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    • 1. AP Style regularities Dr. Jennifer Cox
    • 2. Ap style regularities • Numbers • Zero-nine • 10 and up • Look up larger numbers: 1 million; 34 billion • Ages • Always numerical • He is a 4-year-old boy. • The boy is 4 years old. • Times • Always numerical • 1 p.m.; 7 a.m.
    • 3. Ap style regularities • Money • Always numerical for less than $1 million • $4; $6,000; $100,000 • Cities, States • States are spelled out when they stand alone • They use AP style abbreviations when connected to a city: Salisbury, Md.; Birmingham, Ala.; Miami, Fla. • Don’t use the state when it is the one you are in (Maryland); just use the city • See your Datelines entry for cities that do not require states: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, etc. • Dates • Month is only abbreviated when attached to a day: Jan. 3 • Do not use –st, -nd, etc.
    • 4. Ap style regularities Addresses • Only abbreviated ones: Ave., Blvd. & St. • Only abbreviated when there is a numerical address • College Avenue • 445 College Ave. • Spell out and capitalize First through Ninth; Numerals for 10th and up • Fifth Avenue • 13th Avenue • Directions are abbreviated only when there is a numerical address • West College Avenue • 445 W. College Avenue • 445 13th St. NW
    • 5. Quiz time!