NSU Publications Style Manual

33 subjunctive mood Use the subjunctive mood of a verb for contrary-to-fact conditions and for expressions of doubts, wishes, or regrets. • If I were rich, I wouldn’t have to work. • I wish it were possible to take back my words. Sentences that express a contingency or hypothesis may use either the subjunctive or the indicative mood, depending on the context. In general, use the subjunctive if there is little likelihood that the contingency might come true. • If I were to inherit millions, I wouldn’t have to worry about money. • BUT If this bill passes as expected, it will provide a tax cut. syllabus MW lists syllabi first as the plural form. teacher At NSU, we prefer to use professor or instructor whenever possible. The word teacher is appropriate, however, in writing that describes NSUUniversity School. See also professor. teachers college No apostrophe See apostrophe in the Guide to Punctuation and Usage on page 41. telephone numbers See phone numbers. television See TV. tense See present tense. thankfully Another dangling modifier, often used in sentences like this: Thankfully, the rain waited until after my wedding day. If you want to convey that you, rather than the rain, were thankful, revise one of two ways. • I was thankful the rain waited until after my wedding day. • OR Thankfully, I marveled that the rain had waited until after my wedding day. See also dangling modifiers, hopefully, and importantly. that/who vs. which/who That for things (or who for people) is restrictive; it tells which one. • A corporation that works with NSU will never regret that association. • My brother who works in Toledo came home for the holidays. (In this example, who tells which brother—the one who works in Toledo.) Which for things (or who for people) is nonrestrictive; it usually comes after a comma, and it gives the reader additional—but not necessary—information. T

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