Tag: associated press stylebook

  • When To Use a Colon in AP Style

    When To Use a Colon in AP Style

    I used to feel pretty confident in my grasp of grammar and style rules, until my first encounter with the Associated Press Stylebook (AP style) and its distinct guidelines. AP style is widely used in journalism and other professional writing, but it can still seem unfamiliar and confusing to uninitiated writers. To make this popular…

  • Rules for Capitalizing Academic Degrees in AP Style

    Rules for Capitalizing Academic Degrees in AP Style

    As a firm believer in the value of higher education, I can appreciate people taking pride in their academic degrees. These credentials are hard-earned, representing significant investments of time, money and effort. It’s understandable for people to want to show them off in capital letters. As an SEO content writer following the Associated Press Stylebook,…

  • How To Use Religious Titles in AP Style

    How To Use Religious Titles in AP Style

    The first time I was assigned to write a piece involving a religious organization, I took extra care to research the proper religious titles for all individuals referenced. As I quickly discovered, there is a staggering variety of religious titles, most of them specific to different faiths and denominations. Fortunately, the Associated Press Stylebook addresses…

  • All You Need To Know About Essential Clauses and Nonessential Clauses

    All You Need To Know About Essential Clauses and Nonessential Clauses

    Clauses are often called the building blocks of sentences, and like most building materials, they aren’t all created equal. Some clauses carry weight and play an integral role within a sentence, while others primarily provide embellishment. Whether you’re writing custom web content or a novel, understanding the difference between these essential clauses and nonessential clauses,…

  • How To Use Courtesy Titles in AP Style

    How To Use Courtesy Titles in AP Style

    When I worked as a public school educator, students would address me, depending on their grade level, as Mr. Fung, Mr. Henry or Mr. F, that courtesy title Mr. being the lone essential constant. I understood it as a matter of respect and authority, without which the classroom dynamic would collapse. On that front, I…

  • How To Use Formal Titles in AP Style

    How To Use Formal Titles in AP Style

    I’ve learned, especially when writing about living persons, that formal titles are a big deal. If you fail to properly capitalize an individual’s formal title when writing SEO content, that person may perceive it as an insult. You may also run into people insisting that you capitalize job titles that don’t actually qualify as formal.…