Style Guide

Gates–MacGinitie Reading Test (note that test titles are not italicized)


GED = General Educational Development (test), or General Equivalency Diploma

genres (standard plural of genre)

GMAT = Graduate Management Admission Test

god / God
In cultures strongly influenced by Greco-Hebraic and European traditions, the lowercase god is a generic term that could be applied to any of a number of divine beings, especially those recognized in polytheistic religions. The capitalized God is a term reserved for the one creator and ruler of the universe recognized by monotheistic religions, especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Nontraditional use of these terms may be offensive to some readers and should be negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the author.

Gothic novel

"-grade" compounds

  1. As an adjective preceding the noun it modifies, a compound ending in grade is hyphenated. Thus, "a first-grade student", "a fifth-grade teacher", "third- and fourth-grade mathematics", "a primary-grade classroom," "a 10th-grade homeroom"
  2. As a noun, first grade is not hyphenated. Thus, "She teaches first and second grade."
  3. As a noun equivalent of "a student in first grade," a phrase like first grader is not hyphenated: "Our sample included 28 second graders and 28 third graders."
  4. Use numerals when listing grades under 10 that are grouped or compared with grades 10 and above (and appear in the same paragraph): "She used to teach 9th and 10th grade, but now she teaches 8th grade."

grade-level (adj.)

grade 7
Use lowercase "g." Note that this change in ILA style also differs from APA 6th, 4.17 and 4.31f.

grades 7–9

gradual release of responsibility model

Graduate Management Admission Test = GMAT

Graduate Record Examination = GRE


grass roots (n.)

grass-roots (adjective preceding noun it modifies)

gray (not grey)

GRE = Graduate Record Examination

group-to-group variation

grown-up (adj.)

grownup (n.)