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Which is proper? i'll (lowercase) or I'll (uppercase)? [on hold]

Recently, my friend told me that it proper English to write i'll instead of I'll. I've only ever seen I'll in books, ect. so is it really proper or is it just baloney?
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Capitalization of foreign proper nouns

Serbo-Croatian grammar requires that only the first word of a multi word name of a place or an object is capitalized. For example, "Stari most" is a name of a bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina. If we ...
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Capitalization of title in scientific paper [duplicate]

I'd like to use the correct capitalization of words in the title of a scientific paper. The part of the title I'm not sure about is the following: What to do with an Area? ... As far as I ...
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Correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders

I'm trying to establish the correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders I put into my Google Calendar. I was wondering how should the following be capitalised: John's birthday ...
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Upper case and lower case [closed]

The phrase of 'English language'and 'English Language' which one is correct? Thank you.
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Legal Terms in Titles

When using legal terms in publication titles (for example, "Guardian ad litem Report") which words are capitalized? I have a few ideas, but have not found any authority or rationale to help me ...
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Is it appropriate not to capitalize “I” if i personally view it as vanity on cultural grounds? [closed]

My native language is Russian, and the first person singular pronoun in Russian is "я". No capitalization. We also have a proverb in our language (and culture), which is literally translated as: "'я' ...
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Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
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Phoenix Valley or Phoenix valley? [closed]

So, I'm working on a document that is going to go out to the public shortly and I'm hung up on this one item. The company is excited about recent growth trends in the Phoenix Valley. I'm just ...
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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How to capitalize number in a persons name? [closed]

When refering to a king with a number in his name, say richard the second, how should one capitalize that. Should it be: Richard the second Richard the Second Richard The Second Or something ...
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If there is a constant reference to a particular fire department, is “fire department” capitalized?

If there is a constant reference to a specific fire department, is "fire department" capitalized?
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Capitalising Contractions [duplicate]

I couldn't really find anything on this, but it has been bugging me for a while. Say for example, you have the following dialogue: 'I'll let Mr. Hall know.' If you want to emulate "dropping the ...
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Capitalization of some common nouns in English texts

I’m a French web developer who translated a web site in English by a non-native but experienced English speaker (has lived in the US and UK for 15 years, worked in English for 20 years). I just ...
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Should “Vikings” be capitalized? [closed]

When speaking of gangs of people like vikings, should the word be capitalized? For example: In the 8th century, the vikings sacked Lindisfarne. Should the word "vikings" be capitalized in the ...
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Capitalizing Stages of Diseases

I was wondering: some diseases have stages with specific names, as opposed to "Stage I", "Stage II", etc. Should I capitalize the names of the stages or leave them in lowercase? I'm asking in respect ...
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Does “Ethernet” need to be capitalised? [closed]

Microsoft Word insists that it should be but I don't know why.
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Is anything/all that replaces the name of a place supposed to be capitalized?

In my case, I want to know whether both words or either word of "The Badlands" should be capitalized. "The Badlands" is specifically what people use now instead of the real name for a place. -We live ...
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I need to know whether cedar is a proper noun needing capitalization [closed]

I have written “cedars and Rhododendrons” and wonder whether I should capitalize cedar?
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When referring to a culture, should that culture's name be capitalised? [closed]

For instance, which of these is correct? Gather and analyse Maori learner achievement data... or Gather and analyse maori learner achievement data...
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Capitalisation of “Nature”

Why is "Nature" usually spelt with a capital letter at the beginning in scientific journals? I am mainly referring to life science here, in case this matters. I am not talking about the obvious ...
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Capitalizing document names

Does anyone know if I need to capitalize document names in this sentence? Created and maintained comprehensive project documentation; Business Case, Project Charter, and Project Plans. In other ...
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When to capitalize job titles? [duplicate]

I'm a transcriptionist and also studying for my IELTS exam. I would like to know when is it correct to capitalize job titles such as receptionist, office assistant, general manager, veterinary ...
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Is the capital Y on “You” becoming a thing?

Something I have noticed recently, in many international forums (i.e. English-speaking with many non-native speakers, including SE), is the use of a capital "Y" in "You", especially in "Thank You": I ...
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Academic subject capitalization rules [duplicate]

I'm a little confused on when and when not to capitalize academic titles. For example do you say "I am a Finance major." or "I am a finance major." Also does it change if it is "I am ...
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Should a stutter at the start of a sentence retain the capital letter?

When writing dialogue for characters that stammer or stutter over the first letter of the first word in their speech, should the first letter remain a capital or become lowercase when repeated? My ...
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Should “japanese” be capitalised when used as an adjective

Which one of these is the correct usage: 1) Your favourite Japanese restaurant 2) Your favourite japanese restaurant (being an adjective in this case, it should be in lower case)
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Capitalizing the word “media” [closed]

When referring to the overall news media, can I use the capitalized word "Media"?
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How to properly write “Research and Development” [duplicate]

Which of the following would be considered proper when writing about research and development "Research and Development" or "research and development"? Also, is it proper to use the "&" when ...
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Capitalization of school subjects [duplicate]

What is the rule determinating whether or not we need to capitalize them? Sometimes I see "Math" ; "Physics" in the middle of a sentence, and sometimes lower case is used.
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capitalize the field study “language arts” [duplicate]

The field of study "English" should be capitalized but should "language arts" be capitalized?
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Isn't it preferable to start your screen name with a capital letter?

Obviously, a screen name differs from a user name in that you use your screen name for (virtual) social communication, but not necessarily your user name. So a screen name is as pretty much of a ...
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Capitalization of first letter of given names inside paragraph

I am writing a thesis. I do some calculations about a robot arm of two parts, like a human arm. I call the first part as "link 1" and second part as "link 2". FIRST QUESTION: Should I use uppercase L ...
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Capitalisation in an acronym list

I am writing a technical document with a lot of acronyms. At the start of the document I have an acronym list the spells out in full all the acronyms used in the document. In this table I have ...
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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 ...