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• These are singular nouns, referring to groups en masse: “The faculty is granted certain privileges under the charter.” To make it plural, or to refer to individual professors, use “faculty members”: “Faculty members expressed concern over the proposal.” The same is true of staff: “the staff is,” but “staff members are.”

foreign words

• Use italics for words not listed in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Use italics only on first use of word.


• Spell out fractions: two and a half years; one-fifth. (See also percent.)

full time/part time

• When used as a two-word noun: “Full time is 38.75 hours per week.”


• When used as an adjective or adverb: “I have a full-time job.”