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Is it B-, B minus or B-minus?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by fossywriter8, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Well-Known Member

    I'm writing a story for Sunday's paper and will need to include the grade the subject received on a project, but don't know the proper form.
    Is it B-, B minus or B-minus?
  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I prefer B-minus, although we have a charter school in Dallas called A+ Academy. That's what we use for it.
  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    same as often, just pick one and stick with it. I'm sure a lot of places do it different ways.

    WE did it all sorts of different ways before settling on and sticking with B+
  4. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    You can actually Tweet questions to @APStylebook on Twitter now, and they'll officially answer your questions :D
  5. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I would not use "B-" simply because the "-" may hardly be visible depending on the font you use.
  6. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    I think we would use B-minus.
    When we refer to plus-minus in hockey, we say a player is plus-4 or minus-6.
  7. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I'm kind of inclined to agree with this reasoning. You also run the slight risk of having it look like it's supposed to be attached to the next word. B+ would be a lot more obvious, but B- looks a little strange. (For sake of consistency, I would also use B-plus.)
  8. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Well-Known Member

    I was leaning toward B-minus from the start.
    Thanks for the input.
  9. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    I use B-minus, C-plus, writing it out, with the hyphen. No way it can be misunderstood that way.

    Only time I'd write "A+" or "C-" would be if it's in a chart, where it's clear it's a grade ...
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    See, I love this place, and every now and then, you get expected help above and beyond.

    I sent to this Twitter account and sent them a message asking about this business of whether AP had changed its thinking on "Jones went 3-for-5" even when not modifying ("a 3-for-5 night").

    I got a response, and indeed, AP HAS changed its style on 3-for-5 to use the hyphens only in modifying circumstances, and saying (well, kind of wrongfully) that that was always supposed to be the case but they're now clarifying.

    I don't know about others here, but I've been reading "Jones was 3-for-5" in copy since, oh, 1977.
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