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Grammar and style

Upper, or lower case? Dash, or hyphen? It's, or its? And is it ever OK to use an exclamation mark?

While everyone has their own opinions – and sometimes very passionate ones, especially when it comes to the Oxford comms – it's important that we follow the same consistent principles when we're writing about and for the university. This builds trust and means we don't discombobulate our readers.

If something's not covered here, follow Guardian style. If the Guardian can't help, we recommend consulting the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling and Fowler’s Modern English Usage for grammar.

Abbreviations and acronyms

Bold, italics and underlining


Links, and web and email addresses


Names and titles


Singular or plural