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Yes except for the third one. Not Master standing alone. Either Master of Science (or Arts),  or master's degree or simply master's.

Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration 


Abbreviated M.A., M.S., but MBA. A master's degree or a master's is acceptable in any reference.

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We don't use the term. If we did, we'd likely use the lowercase as we do with boomers. And explain the term.

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Here's the guidance from the hyphen entry:

Hyphenate well- combinations before a noun, but not after: a well-known judge, but the judge is well known.

She is well suited for the job. 

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In the pre- and post-event meetings, ...

Discuss the pre-and post-dosing considerations 

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Second anniversary.

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Use the numerals: 8th percentile.

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Check out the book “Keeping the `School' in `Schoolhouse Rock,'" by Mick McJaggerson. 

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We don't have formal guidance.

Question from New York, New York, on May 10, 2021

"In a report published July 15" or "in a report published on July 15"?

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Either is fine.

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It's fine. So is: A half-century later, most still have no answers.

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Yes, they're all correct.

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It is still acceptable when describing two or more people of different tribal affiliations, but if possible we try to identify individuals by their tribe.

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Since Black people are among minorities, we'd probably recast it as "Black Americans and other minority groups," or something similar.

Question from Sudbury, Massachusetts, on May 07, 2021

Moreso or more so?

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We'd go with more so. Webster's New World Collegiate Dictionary offers moreso only as a disputed spelling.

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In that case, we would use a hyphen.

Question from Winter Garden, Florida, on May 07, 2021

Which is correct: period-specific or period specific?

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It depends on where the words are placed. Used as a modifier before a noun, it is hyphenated: The period-specific costumes are marvelous.  If not, it is not: The costumes are period specific.

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Our style is to conform with the company's preferred capitalization. Of course, we work for The Associated Press,

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The AP would not capitalize fall semester (just as we would not capitalize academic year).

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We'd probably hyphenate it as a compound noun, if only for clarity.

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I consulted our technology editor, and he says it should be chiclet -- no "k."

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It’s reasonable and not too cumbersome to say that Company A purchased (some or all of) the assets of Company B. And then follow up to say it will not take on debts, or whatever else as part of the transaction. The AP tends to write about this kind of transaction when the assets of a bankrupt company in Chapter 11 are snapped up. 

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We'd try to avoid repeating the first and last name throughout. We might do it in some instances, call him "the retiring board member" once, and use his last name alone when in context it is clear that we're talking about the man, not the school.

Question from Highland Park, Illinois, on May 06, 2021

When should you use "according to" instead of "said"? 

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"According to" is especially suited to instances where you are attributing news or a fact to an authority: "The Earth revolves around the Sun, according to Galileo."

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Either way is a little disorienting. It would work better if you spelled it out a bit: the California State Parks Department's Division of Boating and Waterways.

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I'm not sure which side of the argument you are making -- and would hate to make you pay for a run to Arby's -- but the answer is in your question. If the building doesn't have an actual name, and the number is merely the equivalent of a locator, we would not capitalize building.

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