Spell out numbers one through nine (except in a headline) and general numbers (dozens, a thousand); use figures for 10 and above. If a number is the first word of a sentence, spell it out.
Example: The organization’s founders included four faculty members and 21 students, but the group recruited hundreds more. Fifty first-time entering freshmen joined the organization.
Percentages are expressed as figures, and spell out the word “percent.”
Example: The assignment was 5 percent of the final grade, and 90 percent of the class passed.
For very large sums of money, use figures with a dollar sign; spell out million or billion.
Example: UALR received a $2.7 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education to expand its Reading Recovery program.
The following list serves as a convenient reference for the correct usage of commonly misspelled or stylized words.
The terms below should be used as shown in accordance with AP style or UALR house rules:
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General Word List
The terms below are often confused:
alumna, alumnae, alumni, alumnus
Alumna is the feminine single form; alumnae is the feminine plural form. Alumnus is the male or gender-neutral singular; alumni is the masculine or mixed-gender plural.
Use capital when referring to cities that are seats of government, such as the capital city of Little Rock, and when used in a financial context. Use capitol when referring to buildings.
advisor, not adviser
catalog, not catalogue
course work, not coursework
fieldwork, not field work
work-study, not workstudy
toward, not towards
yearlong, not year long
fundraising/fundraiser, not fund raising or fund-raising
full time/full-time or part time/part-time
Only hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: She attends full time; She is a full-time student.
on campus/on-campus or off campus/off-campus
Only hyphenate when used as a compound modifier: Joe Smith lives on campus; Joe is reviewing his on-campus housing options.
log in/log-in or log out/log-out
Hyphenate when used as a noun or modifier, not when used as a verb. Your log-in attempt has failed; Log in to BOSS to update your personal information..