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Yes, that's correct.

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Yes, that's correct.

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It depends. How's that for an answer to "end" a spirited debate?!

I certainly wouldn't add it before Banana Republic; doing so could indicate something entirely different than what is intended. I don't see a problem with writing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, though I don't see a reason to add the article either. We say both AP and the AP are OK on second reference, as are WHO and the WHO.

Let the debate continue.


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Yes, that's correct.

Question from East Lansing, Michigan, on Dec. 07, 2021

How do you advise writing a span of years - 2022-2024 or 2022-24?

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Either is fine.

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Still use single quote marks in that example.

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The U.S. use is AH while the British use OH, with the stress on the first syllable in either case. 

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Hyphenate as you have it. But much better to rephrase. Or if it's a direct quote, don't use the direct quote and paraphrase instead.

Question from Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Dec. 06, 2021

Well wishes or well-wishes? Usage in AP stories seems to vary.
Thanks!

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Well wishes. No hyphen.

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We don't have a style for that. There are many options. I think what you have is fine, though I'd omit the Or before 3).


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Yes, use ones and zeroes for clarity.

Question from Washington, District of Columbia, on Dec. 06, 2021

Should electric vehicle-charging station be hyphenated?

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I wouldn't use a hyphen. It seems perfectly clear without one. You wouldn't be wrong to use one. It's one of those stylistic choices.


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No. Still no close quote marks at the end of the first paragraph.

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We'd lowercase it.

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They were specific to AP operations. So we've removed them from the public sections of the book and online.

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Yes, that's correct.

Question from Jacksonville, Florida, on Dec. 05, 2021

Is it supply chain issues or supply-chain issues?

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I think it's clear without the hyphen, regarding supply chain as a recognizable noun phrase. But it's OK to hyphenate if you prefer.

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Either is fine.

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The "great replacement theory," lowercase and in quote marks, with an explanation.

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Among the reasons we don't use undocumented is that most people have some sort of documents. Just not necessarily the necessary ones. So we wouldn't use the revisions that you suggest, either.

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