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Question from Frederick, Maryland, on Dec. 1, 2023
Question from Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1, 2023
There's more flexibility on proper names ending in s. Our style:
SINGULAR PROPER NAMES ENDING IN S: Use only an apostrophe: Achilles' heel, Agnes' book, Ceres' rites, Descartes' theories, Dickens' novels, Euripides' dramas, Hercules' labors, Jesus' life, Jules' seat, Kansas' schools, Moses' law, Socrates' life, Tennessee Williams' plays, Xerxes' armies.
But some others do use the possessive apostrophe: Williams's plays; Moss's goals. That one is your choice.
Question from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 1, 2023
Question on Nov. 30, 2023
The non-custom version of the AP Stylebook doesn't have an entry that says anything like what you have in your question.
And, we don't use italics at all for publication. We do use them in highlighting examples in the Stylebook. But not for publication.
In your examples, we'd capitalize but not italicize.
Here's the entry we do have:
Question from Half Moon Bay, California, on Nov. 30, 2023
Question from Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 30, 2023
If for some reason you need to use the awkward modifier, I guess I'd hyphenate it as you have it there. You could add more hyphens but I'm not sure that's either justified or helpful.
Question from KANSAS CITY, Missouri, on Nov. 30, 2023
Question from Raleigh, North Carolina, on Nov. 30, 2023
What is your guidance on the use of the term"second-class citizens"?
Question from Edwardsville, Illinois, on Nov. 30, 2023
Question from San Jose, California, on Nov. 29, 2023
Merriam-Webster notes that media is usually the plural form of that word when used in that sense. That leaves open the possibility of using mediums if that seems better in a given situation.
: a means of effecting or conveying something: such as
Question from Delray Beach, Florida, on Nov. 29, 2023
Since the AP Stylebook prefers memorandums as the plural of memorandum, and the article I am editing involves the term memorandum of understanding and uses MOU after the first reference, should the first reference be: "Goodwill and memorandums of understanding (MOU)..." or "Goodwill and memorandums of understanding (MOUs)..."? Thank you!
Question from Golden Valley, Minnesota, on Nov. 29, 2023
Question from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, on Nov. 28, 2023
Question from Kanab, Utah, on Nov. 28, 2023
And while Inyo County Animal Services doesn’t have jurisdiction on tribal reservations, a future goal of the local sheriff’s department is to meet with tribal leaders to discuss mutual animal welfare issues.
What would be word preferred to reservations?
Question on Nov. 27, 2023
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Question from Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Nov. 27, 2023
Does this mean that a unique title should always be offset by commas and the word the, or that a unique title -- when used in a construction that uses commas -- should be prefixed by the word the?
Adama Bimou, the deputy vice president, spoke.
Deputy Vice President Adama Bimou spoke.
Adama Bimou, deputy vice president, spoke.
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