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3-pointer or three-pointer

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Seahawk, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Seahawk

    Seahawk Member

    For basketball, which is the proper AP style, 3-point basket or three-point basket?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    According to AP Style Guide, it states that you need to spell out numbers one through nine; 10 and up, use Arabic numerals. The correct form would be three-pointer
  3. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Wrong. From "Ask The Editor" on the online Stylebook...

    They're not going to say someone was seven of eight from the field. The spelling out of numbers applies in most cases, but not all. All I know is it's 3-pointers. I won't go further, because I'm unsure what's AP style and what's my paper's style.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    3-pointer is AP Style
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yes, 3-pointer.
  6. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    3-pointer is what I was taught, but mind you I am learning here in Canada. It could be different elsewhere.
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    3-pointer is AP style, the "reasoning" that it makes it less confusing than "three-point play."
    Thankfully, everywhere I've been, it's "three-pointer."
  8. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Definitely 3-pointer.
  9. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Damn, I should talk to my Content Manager (who I don't think as ANY knowledge of sports) because everytime I put 3-pointer (which I thought was orginally correct), she makes me change it to three-pointer.
  10. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    3-pointer, three-point play.
  11. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    I always would look at the NBA roundups or stories on the wire and see what was done in those stories to help convince my old boss it should be 3-pointer.

    IJAG, I have never seen 3-point lead. In that instance I would definitely write it out.
  12. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    My understanding of the rule is that points are always written as Arabic numbers. It's one of a few exceptions to the "always spell out one through nine" rule.

    You wouldn't say the score was seven to five early in the game...It was 7-5. In the same way, a player has 3 points, not three points, after he hits a 3-pointer. Obviously, everyone's style differs. I know Sports Illustrated uses "three-pointer," but I think the points-are-numbers argument works.

    The same reasoning, at least at my paper, applies to yardage totals in football. I'm pretty sure AP style says yards are always numbers: A team is at the 1-yard line, not the one-yard line. By the same token, a run from the 31-yard line to the 40-yard line gains 9 yards, not nine.
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