AP Style

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The AP Stylebook has many rules and guidelines for how things ought to be written in your text. Some are rooted in grammar while others are stylistic preferences. In the articles that follow, we have tried to summarize many of the demands that the AP Stylebook places on writers who, by choice or by requirement, adhere to the AP Style.

(A)

A, An

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Academic Degrees

Academic Departments

Academic Titles

Academy Awards

Accused

Addresses

Administration

Administrative Law Judge

A.D., B.C.

African-American

Ages

AIDS

Ain’t

Air Base

Aircraft Names

Aircraft Terms

Air Force

Air Force One

Airline, Airlines

Airport

a.m., p.m.

Allege

Alumnus, Alumni, Alumna, Alumnae

Among, Between

Ampersand

Annual, Annual Meeting

Anti-

Antichrist, anti-Christ

April Fools’ Day

Arrest

Assassin, Killer, Murderer

Asperger’s Syndrome

Attorney, Lawyer

(B)

Bachelor’s Degree

Bible

Boats, Ships

Boycott, Embargo

(C)

Capital, Capitol

City Council

Committee, Subcommittee

Complement, Compliment

Company, Companies

Company Names

Composition Titles

Congress, Congressional

Corporation

Court Names

Courtesy Titles

(D)

Datelines

Daylight Saving Time

Decimal Units

Department

Dimensions

Disabled, Handicapped

Directions and Regions

Divorcee

(E)

Elderly

Emigrate, Immigrate

Engine, Motor

Essential Phrases, Nonessential Phrases

Execute

Extra-

(F)

Federal

Fewer, Less

Food

Fractions

(G)

General Assembly

Geographic Names

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

gods and goddesses

Good Will, Goodwill

Government, Junta, Regime

Governmental Bodies

(H)

Hawaii

Headlines

Highway Designations

Holidays

Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter

House of Representatives

(I)

I.e. and E.g.

Illegal Immigration

In, Into, Inasmuch as

Incorporated

Indict

Island

(J)

Judge

Judicial Branch

Junior, Senior

Justice

Juvenile Delinquent

(K)

Kelvin Scale

King

Korea

Korean Names

(L)

Latitude and Longitude

Legislative Bodies

Legislative Titles

Legislature

(M)

Man, Mankind

Magistrate

Mental Illness

Meridians

Military Academies

Military Titles

Military Units

Millions, Billions, Trillions

Months

(N)

Names

Nationalities and Races

Noon, Midnight

Numbers

(O)

Obscenities, Profanities, Vulgarities

Ocean

On

Organizations and Institutions

(P)

Party Affiliation

Percent

-Persons

Phobia

Political Parties, Philosophies

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Prefixes

President, Presidential

Privacy

Profanity

Professor

(Q)

Queen

Quotations in the News

(R)

Race

Radical

Religious References

Religious Titles

(S)

Seasons

Senate

Spacecraft Designations

Supreme Court of the States

Supreme Court of the United States

AP Style State Abbreviations

(T)

Time of Day

Time Zones

Titles

(U)

Unemployment Rate

UNESCO

UNICEF

United Nations

United States

(V)

Verbs

Versus

Vulgarities

(W)

Washington

Washington’s Birthday

Women

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