faculty—Faculty ranks are, progressively, lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, SUNY Distinguished Service or Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY Distinguished Professor.
farmers market, farmers markets (exception to Merriam-Webster’s).
firsthand (adj., adv.)
flier (not flyer) for a printed advertisement, announcement, or handbill.
foreign words and phrases—Words and phrases in a foreign language are set in italics: The sign on his door says Qui docet discit (He who teaches learns).
forward (not forwards)
fractions— Spell out common usages and use hyphens: More than two-thirds of those polled said they would vote for him. Do not hyphenate the casual use a half: It rained for three and a half days. Mixed fractions (whole numbers combined with fractions) should be expressed in numerals: The note was written on 8½-by-11-inch paper.
-free—Compounds formed with -free are hyphenated both before and after the nouns they modify. tobacco-free campus, the campus is tobacco-free.
freelance (v., adj.), freelancer (n.): He wants to freelance this summer. The company hired a freelance artist. She works as a freelancer.
Friends of Night People (no the)
full—Compound adjectives with full are hyphenated before the noun and open after the noun: full-length mirror, full-blown investigation, full-scale attack. The mirror was full length. The drawing was full scale. Almost all compound nouns with full are open: full house, full moon, full dress (but fullback). Consult the dictionary.
fundraiser (n.), fundraising (n., adj.): Our committee will hold a fundraiser. Fundraising is hard work. Our committee will hold a fundraising event (exception to Merriam-Webster’s).
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