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AP style would be to use numerals, but no other rule would prevent you from using the words.

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We'd stick with the plural -- lives. 

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We certainly wouldn't use all caps. If that is the full name of the brand, we would capitalize the first letter of each word.

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Our guidance is to use hyphens when needed to avoid ambiguity. It would seem that there is no ambiguity in either of these examples -- it is clear that "small" and "large" modify "renovations," and that there are between 40 and 50 projects. So there's no need to hyphenate.

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If they experienced it together, we'd probably use the singular; if they did it separately, the plural.

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While some corporate references to the subsidiary on Twitter and Instagram are styled Disney•Pixar, the company's website uses Pixar Animation Studios. For now, we'd stick with that. If you need to quote directly, a hyphen would do.

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The United Kingdom is a country; Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland are parts or divisions of the United Kingdom.

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It's singular -- is. The name for the area is often shortened to the Golan.

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Assuming you're referring to bomb, we would use lowercase.

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We would just capitalize the first letters, regardless of whether Karma is an acronym. 

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It's correct, just as retriever in Labrador retriever is lowercase.

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There does not seem to be an official abbreviation; the Department of Defense appears to use MOH. The AP wouldn't abbreviate it.

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You're equating "by" and "before," but not all readers would follow you. So for clarity, we'd say that that something was happening by the end of June, and that the plant will be built by the end of  2019.

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That's what we'd do, though of course we'd want to use their first names, too.

Question from Provo, UT on March 20, 2019

wild west or Wild West?

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Wild West, as per Webster's New World.

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Webster's New World gives us entree without an accent as the first option; we'd stick with that.

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We'd go with rain checks, two words, not capitalized.

Question from North Easton, MA on March 20, 2019

Does AP has a rule on the use/acceptance of the word actioning?

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No rule, but it's not a word we have used or are likely to use. It's not in the dictionary, and has more than a whiff of jargon.

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Yes, though we suspect it may confuse some readers who are not knowledgeable about such things.

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As reluctant as we are to contradict an editor, we can find no rule that abbreviations should be followed by commas.

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Yes, this is a series, containing "material that also must be set off by commas," so yes, we would use semicolons. That said, the sentence carries the burden of a very long opening clause, and we'd seriously consider breaking it into two sentences.

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Two words for speech writing.

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It could be done either way. Adding the second comma makes the largest design showroom in town the subject of the sentence and thus the most prominent element.

The way you now have it written now makes Jones Design the subject. That's probably the intent, right?


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It's typically used without the article.

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I'm not aware of anything along those lines, and I've worked for the AP for three decades. It indeed could be good advice; and it well could have been passed along informally among some in the AP. But we don't have anything formal.


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