addresses

Where the address is part of ordinary text, the different elements should be separated by commas (although the postcode should not have a comma in front of it). If you’re referring to a city, there is no need to include the county.

 

For example

Please write to Steve Sugar, Garden Flat, 12 Copse Close, Gloucester GL1 2DP

 

Please write to Sarah Sugar, 112 Golding Lane, Harwich, Essex CO12 8HU

 

On envelopes, each element of the address should appear on a different line. The post town should appear in capitals. Do not use other punctuation.

 

adviser

is correct, rather than ‘advisor’

 

ages

There are two formats. You can refer to someone as an x-year-old, or say that they are x years old. Note the hyphens in the first format. As with all numbers, the age is shown as a word if it is nine or below, and as a figure if it is 10 or above.

 

One exception to this rule is if you are referring to a range of ages; in this case do not mix styles. So, we’d say ‘9 to 15-year-olds’ rather than 'nine to 15-year-olds'.

 

For example
Mindy is a six-year-old Badger.
Maurice is 71 years old.
The competition is open to 7 to 18-year-olds.

 

amongst

Always replace with among; amongst can sound old fashioned, while ‘among’ is a more commonly used, plain English alternative. See also ‘whilst’.

 

ampersands

Type out the word 'and' in full rather than using the ampersand (‘&’) character. For example, write ‘health and safety’, and not ‘health & safety’. The sole exception to this is when referring to an external organisation or publication that has an ampersand in its name, in which case we use their style.

 

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