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What are the title capitalization rules for rarely used prepositions like “down”, “up”, “off”, etc.?

In capitalizing English titles, my understanding is that all prepositions of four or fewer letters should be written lowercase, unless part of a phrasal verb. (I realize that AP style and the Chicago ...
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Correct mix of upper and lower case in place names

I have a large list of villages, towns and cities from the United Kingdom. Currently they are all formatted in lower case, and I am converting them to their proper title-like formats. However, there ...
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Capitalisation and parentheses

What is the general rule concerning capitalisation of a word in parentheses that immediately follows the first word of a sentence and acts a "clarifier" for this first word? In other words, the word ...
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Capitalization of “A” in “Dear All” [duplicate]

At my work place, whenever an e-mail is sent to more then one person, it starts with "Dear All" or "Dear all". Should the letter "A" be capitalized in "All" as it is not a proper noun? Would it be ...
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Capitalization for email greeting: Good morning OR Good Morning [closed]

In an email greeting "Good morning" does the word "morning" need to be capitalized? Is it Good Morning or Good morning?
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Respectfully, The Authors.? [closed]

I am confused about the punctuation and capitalization in the following letter ending: .... Respectfully, The Authors. B. Builder, J. Schmoe, and J. Doe Should "authors" be ...
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Capitalizing Call to Action Text [closed]

I am a web developer and was working on a website that is in both German and English. As my partner (native German speaker) and myself (native English speaker) were looking through the site he noticed ...
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words? [duplicate]

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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Should we always capitalize Christians, Muslims, etc.? [duplicate]

A christian and a jew went into a bar.... or A Christian and a Jew went into a bar... The former is marked incorrect by microsoft word.
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Is the contraction of “and”, “'n'”, capitalized in a title?

Should it be, for example, "Fish 'n' Chips", or "Fish 'N' Chips"?
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When using ex. in a sentence to provide an example, should the E be capitalized?

For example: "To group your information, drill down on your columns. (ex. In a date field........)
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When did 'street', 'road', etc. start being capitalised?

Old newspapers and books seem to very rarely capitalise (and often hyphenate) phrases like "High street", "Herbert-road", and "Trusting lane". These days, we capitalise "Street", "Road", and "Lane". ...
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When would “mom/dad” require capital letter in writing? [duplicate]

I understand the capitalization rule for nouns, proper nouns require a capital letter. Also, I should begin a new sentence with a capital letter. When & why "mom/dad" requires a capital letter ? ...
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Should “music” be capitalised? [closed]

Should the word "music" be capitalized in the following sentence? ...after spending some time in Music and studies.
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Universe or universe? [duplicate]

When to use Universe or universe? I'm editing a document where it is "The Creator of the universe". Is it correct?
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Capital letters [closed]

I was wondering if I should capitalize the words 'case' and 'letter' when I write this question: Define the following terms: Upper case letter: Lower case letter: OR Upper Case Letter: Lower ...
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Should names of styles or genres be capitalized? [duplicate]

Musical styles, for instance. Specifically I am dealing with choosing "blues" or "Blues"? I assume it would be the same for visual art styles.
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Title for student organization

I'm updating the website for my student organization. Link. Officially, we are the Texas A&M University Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The banner at the ...
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Should I capitalize the word “on” in this title? [duplicate]

Should it be "Alive on Arrival" or "Alive On Arrival"?
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Capitalisation help: maître d' or Maître D' [closed]

I'm wondering if I should use a capital on the M and D of maître d'. Throughout my book, should I be writing it Maître D' or maître d'. Thanks :)
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Em dashes or ellipsis over multiple paragraphs [closed]

JUST KILL IT ALREADY Please consider this blurb: The next year will tell whether Joe -- his father -- and the girl with the secret past -- -- can work together to solve the mystery, or be ...
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Should “whom” be capitalized in a title? [duplicate]

As in the title of the book For whom the Bells Toll, should the word "whom" be capitalized? Also, any advice on when to capitalize within a title would be appreciated.
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Sun or the Sun?

I'm coming up with a tagline for a solar company logo that says 'All you need is the Sun'. I am however confused with the use of 'the' and the capitalisation of 'sun' here. Are they necessary or 'All ...
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Academic writing-questions on the topic, “Capitalisation” [closed]

Should names of languages within sentences be capitalised? Example french, spanish,russian.
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Wi-Fi, WiFi, wi-fi, wifi [duplicate]

Shame the previous thread on this was closed. A lot of my work entails getting stuff right and being able to justify it but like many on this previous thread How do you spell wifi / Wi-Fi / WiFi? ...
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In any way, is it acceptable for the first letter of each word in a web article's title to be capitalized?

We've all seen this at some stage on the internet, and are seeing it more and more recently. Capitalizing is applied to the first letter of each word in a title : This Is The Title Of The Article ...
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Should “stranger” be capitalized when addressing someone in an email? [closed]

I am emailing someone who I don't know the name of, so I am addressing the email with "Hello Stranger". Should I capitalize "stranger"? Thanks
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Quoting word list

I think this is probably a basic question, but I just cannot seem to decide how to correctly punctuate this passage: There is a part of the evaluation where the nurse goes through the words, ...
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Should I capitalise the first letter when a sentence starts with a number?

When starting a sentence with a number, should the first letter be capitalised? For example, 96% Real meat. or 96% real meat.
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Were points of the compass always written with capital letters?

@bamboo has indicated that in the 1960s in Britain teachers insisted that points of the compass - North, South, East and West always be written with capital letters irrespective of context. From my ...
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Capitalization in mid-20th century British English

While reading the early "Thomas the Tank Engine" books (published in the 1940s and 50s in Britain) I was struck by the somewhat odd capitalisation used. Most of the text is capitalised as in modern ...
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In the UK which of the following regions should have capital letters? [closed]

In the UK, which of the following regions, none of which have any administrative significance, should be given capital letters? I have arranged them according to my own inclinations. With capitals ...
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East Coast, East coast, or east coast?

Is it East Coast, East coast, or east coast when used in a sentence such as, "The airline flies to both the East Coast and the West Coast?" I've seen it all ways. I can't find a definitive answer as ...
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Capitalize all letters in a title/heading

I'm creating a resume and am therefore looking at various sample resumes. In some of them, the heading of each section has all letters in uppercase, e.g. "EDUCATION" or "EXPERIENCE". I also remember ...
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Is “hoover” capitalised? [duplicate]

In the UK (and sometimes Australia), a vacuum cleaner will be called a hoover, regardless of its brand. Likewise, the verb "to vacuum" is replaced with "to hoover". With a brand name being used in ...
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Should the footnote be capitalized? [closed]

If we refer a textual content in a footnote, should it be capitalized or not? Here is an example: The proposed method is only working well with homogeneous space and it fails if the space is ...
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Is 'lord' capitalized after a possessive pronoun? [closed]

Is 'lord' capitalized after a possessive pronoun? Example: O our lord! / O our Lord!
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Is the lowercase pronoun “i” a feature of Indian English?

The Rule The personal pronoun “I” is always capitalized in English, regardless of its position in a sentence. This is an orthographic convention that every native speaker should know. Whenever I ...
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In the phrase 'Answer True or False:' should 'True' and 'False' be capitalized?

Answer True or False: Answer true or false: Answer Yes or No: Answer yes or no: Should I capitalize these words or not? Thank you for your help.
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Is there a word for incorrect use of capital letters?

I'm wondering if there is a word for the wrong use of capital letters? As in "The Little Girl was wearing a Red Dress" (not as a headline). Is there a word for that? Thanks!
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Is the “B” in Brussels Sprouts capitalized? [closed]

It's not standard to capitalize "F" in french fries... In that case what is the proper way to write it?
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Capitalization of “diploma business informatics”

For an application I need to translate my resume. What is the right way spelling of my degree: 2010-2015 Diploma business informatics 2010-2015 Diploma Business Informatics 2010-2015 Diploma of ...
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Should section titles be capitalized?

So I have this document which contains a list of changes that have been made to another document that is attached to it. Should the section titles of the attached document be capitalized? for instance ...
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Is it acceptable to lowercase 'google' in all verb forms? [closed]

Is it acceptable to lowercase 'google' in all verb forms? For example: He googled the information. He is googling the information. He googles the information. Please google the information. Is it ...
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What are the capitalization rules for in-document references in scientific papers? [closed]

In scientific writing, should I capitalize in-document references? Which of the following is correct or more widely used? For more detail, see Section 4.1. For more detail, see section 4.1. Are ...
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Is it “kelly pool” or “Kelly pool”?

Kelly pool is a "cue sport" played on a pool table like billiards, snooker, and other variants of pool. But which is more accepted? Capitalised or not? Or are both OK?
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Is using quotation marks in this sentence necessary or not? [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences given below is correct? If both of them are correct, which one is more grammatical? My answer to all these questions is "yes". My answer to all these questions is yes. ...
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When to capitalize “certification titles”?

At my company you can take a course where you can receive training in being a "Super Helper." (Real program name anonymized to protect the innocent.) When, if ever, should we capitalize "Super ...
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What words should never be capitalised in a title or heading? [duplicate]

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sometimes song names will have "the" with a capital "T".
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What's the capitalization rule for tabulated entries? [closed]

Do I have to capitalize each cell in a table, or only be consistent throughout the table?