NSU Publications Style Manual

27 out-of-state, in-state (adj.) Use hyphens. • Forty out-of-state students registered this semester. • BUT The college sent 750 catalogs out of state. (adverb phrase) over See more than vs. over. parentheses See the Guide to Punctuation and Usage on page 42. part-time, full-time (adj.) See full-time. passive voice Avoid it whenever you can. • The professor gave her a passing grade. • NOT She was given a passing grade by the professor. • His friend asked him for his notes. • NOT He was asked for his notes by his friend. pay-for-print Note the hyphenation. people, person, persons MW uses people as the plural of person, not persons. Persons is generally only used in legal writing. See also individual. percent One word. Write it out rather than use the percent (%) sign—unless you’re writing copy for a table or chart, or you’re trying to fit copy in a tight space. Use numerals followed by the word percent. Percent takes a singular verb when it stands alone or when it is followed by an of construction containing a singular word. • The teacher said that 60 percent was a failing grade. • Sixty percent of our effort was lost. When the of construction contains a plural word, use a plural verb. • She said that 50 percent of the students were there. See also numbers and percentage. percentage Use percent when you’re reporting an actual figure, as in 50 percent. Use percentage when you’re describing a collective proportion. • A high percentage of NSU students are distance learners. • The greater your income, the higher percentage you’re likely to save. See also numbers and percent. P

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