NSU Publications Style Manual

30 qualitative Refers to qualities (characteristics, properties, attributes) Qualitative analysis would tell us which facets of NSU appeal to local students. quantitative Refers to quantity (amount, measure, size, volume) Quantitative analysis would yield the proportion of Broward County residents at NSU. quotation, quote (nouns) Although both are listed in MW to refer to verbal or written passages attributed to another person, or to an estimated price, in formal writing, use quotation. • We will solicit a quotation from each of NSU’s trustees. • NOT We will get a quote from each trustee. quotation marks See the Guide to Punctuation and Usage on page 42. quote (verb) • Can you quote the Pledge of Allegiance from memory? • Can I quote you on that statement? quotes in layout Quotes pulled out of stories for design/layout purposes must carry an attribution that includes the person’s name and title; no degrees should be listed. • Lisa Deziel, dean, College of Pharmacy race See nationality and race. ranges Use the words to or between to represent the range between two factors. • The distance is from 12 to 15 miles. • Estimated attendance was between 15,000 and 17,000. Use an en-dash for abbreviated ranges, such as listings and charts. • Noon–3:00 p.m. ratio Use numerals, without a hyphen or colon. There is a student/professor ratio of 12 to 1. Avoid student/faculty ratio; faculty is a collective noun and, thus, not parallel to student. See also collective nouns and faculty. real-world (adj.), real world (noun) Avoid overuse of these terms; they’ve become cliches. reason . . . is that Never say “the reason . . . because”; say “the reason … is that.’’ • NOT The reason she applied to NSU is because the campus felt “right.” • BUT The reason she applied to NSU is that the campus felt “right.” Better yet, cut the extra words. • She applied to NSU because the campus felt “right.” See also because. refer This word, derived from the Latin words meaning “carry back” or “carry again,” already contains the idea of “back.” The phrase refer back is redundant. regard, regards The singular form appears correctly in prepositional phrases such as in regard to and with regard to, both of which mean the same thing as the antiquated pluralform phrase as regards (NOT as regards to). R Q

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