34 • My new Cadillac, which has a sunroof and a CD player, is the most luxurious car I’ve ever driven. • My oldest brother, who works in Toledo, came home for the holidays. (In this example, the sentence’s subject tells us which one because the writer can have only one oldest brother. The information about Toledo, therefore, is not necessary to the meaning of the sentence.) the If you’re wondering whether to place this article before the name of one of NSU’s constituent academic units, honor the institution’s preference. Unless it’s the first word in a sentence, don’t capitalize the. theater, theatre Always use theater, except in the following cases: • the undergraduate major at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and its course titles • the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education’s Interdisciplinary Arts program • references to course titles or in marketing materials directed at those specific departments or programs • in reference to a proper name of a specific building or troupe that spells it that way All other cases should use theater. The main theater on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus is the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. It may be referred to as the Miniaci Performing Arts Center or the Miniaci on subsequent references. The Black Box Theatre and the Performance Theatre are also on that campus (located in the UC). • She is in the Theatre Department at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. • He is taking History of Theatre. • The Vinette Carroll Theatre mounted an interesting production of Romeo and Juliet. • BUT We enjoyed our trip to the theater. the fact is . . . A bad beginning. If you know the fact, simply state it. their, they’re, there Their indicates possession, they’re is a contraction for they are, and there is an adverb that reveals location. They’re proud of their new car that is parked over there. there is, there are Whenever possible, avoid using either of these weak constructions at the beginning of a sentence. See also verbs. this The pronoun this, used to refer to the complete sense of a preceding sentence or phrase, can’t always carry the weight, and may produce an imprecise statement. Avoid letting this stand alone at the beginning of a sentence, clause, or phrase; and never let it stand alone at the beginning of a paragraph. • NOT This is an excellent value. • BUT This program provides excellent value. 3-D Note the hyphen and the capitalization. through Note the spelling. Do not use the colloquial short form, thru. till or ’til See until. time See a.m., p.m. time frame, time line, time sheet Two words, no hyphens time zones Do not capitalize the full name of the time in force within a particular zone: eastern standard time, central standard time, etc.. When you’re citing clock-time in a particular time zone, abbreviate and punctuate as follows: noon EST, 9:00 a.m. CST.