geographical terms

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GPA, grade point average

GPA stands for grade point average. The abbreviation does not take periods, and the words grade point average are not capped even when they precede the parenthetical abbreviation.

  • Example: She has a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.

grades (letter)

Use the capital letter alone, no quotation marks around it or italics. No apostrophe for plural forms.

  • Example: He earned all Bs this semester.
  • Example: Those who miss the final exam will receive an F in the course.

graduate (verb)

Use the active voice.

  • Example: She graduated from Emory.