May use numerals for numbers
1, 5, 20, 100, 150
Write out numbers of one or two words
one, two hundred, one million
Use numerals for numbers of three or more words
201, 47.5, 1,005
Use numerals for dates
July 19, 2001 20 May 2001
Write out any number beginning a sentence
Twenty-five thousand dollars was more than he could afford.
My use contractions
can’t, won’t, shouldn’t
Write out all contractions
cannot, will not, should not
May use first, second, or third person pronouns:
3rd he, she, it, they, them
Keep writing entirely in third person, or use first person sparingly.
Eliminate second person (you) entirely; substitute he, she, they, a person, people, one, or another noun.
Resist the temptation to overuse the impersonal one:
May abbreviate to save time and space.
U.S., Feb., TV, N.Y.
Spell out most abbreviations
United States, February, television, New York
Never use etc. or &
May use abbreviations in standard use (never written out)
Mr., Mrs., PhD, a.m., p.m.
May use slang or colloquial expressions
Eliminate slang and colloquial expressions.