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Capitalisation of uncle and aunt in phrases like 'your U/uncle Bill'

I came across this e card: and the capitalisation of "uncle" just somehow disturbed me. To the point where I googled the capitalisation of "aunt" and "uncle" and I found this GrammarBook article by ...
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Would the cell theory be capitalized?

I was wondering if the cell theory should be capitalized science there is only one. also , would Pre AP Biology be capitalized? thank you so much for your time
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Is it proper to skype or Skype someone? [duplicate]

At first glance, you would think the obvious answer is that "Skype" (proper noun) should be lowercase "skype" (verb), as in "Google" -- He googled his new employer. But I would consider the verb ...
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Capitalization in headlines [duplicate]

I am writing a thesis. I am aware that's a special set of capitalization rules that applies to titles. I'm applying those in my title. Do the same rules also apply to the titles of individual ...
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Do you need to capitalize any words that are used to refer to a specifc place?

For instance: Outside the city gates, there's a dangerous forested domain. We often refer to it as the wild terrain... We entered the specified area, the so-called "wild terrain". Do you have to ...
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Is English the only language that always capitalizes “I”? [duplicate]

Is English the only language where "I" is always capitalized, no matter where it occurs in a sentence? The other two languages that I'm familiar with don't do this. In German, "ich" is only ...
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Why are the first letters in “Generation X” capitalized but those in “baby boom” not capitalized?

In the dictionary, it indicates that "Generation X" (including "Gen X" and Gen X'er) is capitalized. Conversely, it indicates "baby boom" (including "baby boomer") is not. What is the reason for ...
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What do I capitalize in this sentence?

I'm writing a paper about the lives of aristocratic women during the Heian period in Japan and I'm wondering about how to capitalize certain nouns in this sentence: "In Heian japan, there were many ...
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Should “global south” be capitalized?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide In a context such as, The harsh realities as the result of the socioeconomic conditions plaguing the global south Should it be "Global ...
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What definition of Earth is used in the expression “walk the Earth”?

Please see this question for difference in definitions and capitalisation of earth/Earth In the expression "walk the earth", e.g. "when dinosaurs walked the earth". Should earth be capitalised? I ...
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Military and Peerage Titles

If you are referring to a member of the peerage, I know you would capitalize Lord Matlock or the Earl of Matlock. If I am calling him the Earl and it is directly in reference to him, without the ...
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Do you capitalize a job title when speaking in 1st person? [closed]

Would you capitalize a job title if you were to write "As an experienced web designer".
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Are names of projects and assignments capitalized? [duplicate]

I am currently writing an essay based on an assignment called Group Diversity which is further based on a project called Charity Begins At Home. Should these be capitalized within the essay?
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Capitalization of Technical Terms/Proper Nouns

There are several technical terms for which I am struggling with the capitalization, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Controller Area Network (CAN) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Advanced ...
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Should the “e” in “'ello 'ello 'ello” be capital at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

If the the sentence is started with "'ello 'ello 'ello" should the "e" at the beginning be capital or should I count the omitted "H" still and have it lower case? Because I don't want to be ...
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In old books, why is the first letter of the word after the exclamation mark not capitalised?

I was reading Frankenstein and I've noticed that the word after the exclamation mark usually isn't capitalised (unless it's a noun). Some of the quotes I've found: Alas! who is safe, if she be ...
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How does capitalizing helps readers?

I have seen many articles' titles, with almost all words having the first letter capitalized. For example: 9 Things You Should Tell Your Boss At Your Next Performance Review Going Public Isn’t ...
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Parenthetical prefix in a title: capitalize the word following the parenthetical?

For the title of a paper, I'm including a parenthetical prefix. Should the word that attached to the parenthetical be capitalized? For example, which of the following is correct? "The Migration of ...
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Which is more correct: T-shirt or t-shirt?

Can we use small letter, while writing: T-shirt? What is correct and why: T-shirt or t-shirt? Thank you.
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Hellenistic Period or Hellenistic period? [closed]

Is the correct capitalization Hellenistic Period or Hellenistic period? Thank you
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How should I capitalize “on which” using headline-style capitalization?

How should I capitalize on which in the headline The Construction of Those Terms on which the Parties Agree?
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Should you use first word capitals for an advertising slogan used in a descriptive, adjectival way?

If you're using a slogan in a sentence to describe something in an adjectival way, should the first letters of each word of the slogan be capitalized, or not? For example: Nike has a 'just do it' ...
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How to write correctly in a heading the genus and species name of a microorganism? [closed]

I have a question regarding how to write correctly the name of a microorganism in the title of my thesis when using letters in uppercase: Option A: ...BLAH...BLAH... ESCHERICHIA COLI ...
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Capitalization in abbreviated references

I was reading through some company documents regarding “Our Vision, Values And Principles”, etc., and was wondering about how they were referenced later in the text. Frequently the author wrote ...
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Should a proper name consisting of valid words be always capitalized?

Assuming "Information retrieval" is an official term describing a research domain, should it be capitalized in the middle of a sentence? that is, what is/are the correct form/s: I am interested in ...
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When using the title “Webmaster” is the first letter capital? [duplicate]

Trying to clarify whether the first letter in the title of Webmaster is capitalized? I am referring to a title listing and not when used in a sentence.
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When using a numerical name to start a sentence, is the second word capitalized? [duplicate]

Example: The John could see all of the prisoners from where he sat on horseback. 321 picked up the hammer and continued breaking the stones. OR 321 Picked up the hammer and continued breaking the ...
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Capitalization of “President” and “State” [of the United States] [duplicate]

We used to capitalize references to "the President" (of the US) even when his name wasn't included. And we used to capitalize "state" even when a particular state (State of California) was not ...
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Capitalization of field when mentioning a degree? [duplicate]

Is this proper usage and capitalization? University of Calgary graduate in Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering. or University of Calgary graduate in Bachelor of Science, chemical ...
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Capitalization of tussenvoegsel at start of sentence

What is the proper capitalization of tussenvoegsel at the start of a sentence? For instance, if we were talking about Vincent van Gogh would we say: "Van Gogh was an artist." or "van Gogh was an ...
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Capitalization of App

I'm trying to write a promotional piece on our new app. I can't figure out how to capitalize in these two instances (not in a title). My gut tells me lowercase but other team members have been using ...
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Is it Bahar Azadi Coin or Bahar Azadi coin?

Bahar Azadi Coin is an Iranian gold coin which are usually used as dowry agreed upon to be paid by the groom to the wife as per marriage contract. However, I wonder which capitalization rule is right ...
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Should I capititalize “Crime Science”? [duplicate]

Not sure if I should use crime science or Crime Science throughout my essay. When should I capitalize the term?
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Is “7:00 p.m., …” correct? [closed]

A poster reads something like: 7:30 p.m., Alexander Hall How un-stylish or incorrect is that? Is it actually incorrect to write "p.m." in lower case?
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Is it proper to capitalize “its” in a title? [duplicate]

For instance, say a book is titled "Genesis and Its Interpretations". Is it correct to capitalize "its" in the title?
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Capitalization of driving gears

I can't find an entry for this in the Chicago Manual and was wondering if anyone knew--is there a rule that driving gears should be capitalized, or maybe put in quotation marks, or both? My thinking ...
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When to capitalize a job title

I'm currently writing a blog about web development. I'm unsure of when to capitalize a job title and the industry. Are the following sentences correct? As an experienced Front-End Developer...... ...
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Should one capitalise the first word in the body of a letter?

I think that most people will answer the question in the title with 'yes', and, until recently, I was one of them. However, my wife, who is not a native English speaker, does not do this; and, when I ...
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Should I capitalize the word “that” in a title? [duplicate]

Since the version of the word "that" might matter to the correct answer, I'll provide the actual title in question: Title: Existing Solutions that Didn't Work If someone could explain the why of ...
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When should ‘state’ be capitalised?

Often I get confused when to capitalise the word state. In the following three different meanings of the word, when should the letter S be capitalized? Synonymous to the words country, nation or ...
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What is the correct capitalization if “3D Printing”? [duplicate]

How should "3D Printing be capitalized? Why? A) 3D Printing B) 3D printing C) 3d Printing D) 3d printing
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When did English stop requiring capitalisation of non-proper nouns? [duplicate]

I was reading this answer which referenced a number of 18th century publications which capitalised their non-proper nouns: In 1769, in "The Microscope made easy": "Mention having been often made ...
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Do you capitalize “My Queen” in dialogue?

I've seen some questions discussing the capitalization of "queen" in general, but I'm wondering if you would ever capitalize the "my" in "my queen," particularly in a line of dialogue such as "Very ...
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'In the Fox Theater' or 'In the Fox theater' or 'In The Fox Theater' [duplicate]

I am confused over the use of 'the' and capitalization.
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“Holmby hall” or “The Holmby Hall”, does the hall have to be capital in either of them? [duplicate]

Holmby Hall is a landmark site in Los Angeles. The Wikipedia page doesn't use "the" before Holmby Hall, but has used the before The Fox Theatre.
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Do you capitalize “second” or “third” etc, as in “William Jones the second”?

Do you capitalize "second" or "third" etc, as in "William Jones the second"? I realize I could avoid the whole issue by saying "William Jones II," but still.
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Should I capitalise only part of a brand’s title?

When I use only part of a brand’s name or the title of a company, should I be capitalising that word? For example, when referring to the Environment Agency, if I were to just call them the Agency, ...
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Capitalization of “the” in “the Bible” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct capitalization? Mrs. Ohana gave me the Bible. Mrs. Ohana gave me The Bible.
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A unique case of capitalising mid-sentence and using apostrophe 's'

Firstly, I know there are several questions on here about apostrophe-s, as well as capitalising mid-sentence, but I think this is quite unique. I have the below sentence: "With an expanding fanbase, ...
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Capitalization of words [duplicate]

I am writing the following in a proper thesis write up, and have a question of whether I should capitalize the first word in each bullet point (i.e. 'e') or not? The database contains a variety of ...