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Should state be captalised for the sentence “in a state competition”? [on hold]

i.e. Leading a team in a state chemistry competition.
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Confusion with capitalization and hyphenation of a title

I am excited to post my first question in English StackExchange! I am working on a programming language with falls under the term of "domain-specific language". I want to use this term in the title "...
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Capitalization of headings that are referenced elsewhere in the content

In a letter with headings and sections with titles, do I capitalize those section/heading titles when referencing them elsewhere in the letter? Example: Scope of Work (section title/heading) As ...
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Capitalization of Hyphenated Words at the Beginning of Sentences

Normally, when you start a sentence the first letter of the word is capitalized. What do you do with hyphenated words? Do the first letters of each hyphenated member get capitalized too? And then, by ...
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Do I capitalize “gulf” when referring to the Gulf of Mexico?

In referring to the Gulf of Mexico as "the gulf," do I capitalize "gulf?" Example: "We're going to the gulf (or Gulf) in August." I'm using the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., but can't find a ...
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Is Kelvin capitalized?

Definition of Kelvin: The kelvin is the primary unit of temperature measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the Celsius degree, which has the same magnitude. ...
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Capitalize partial reference to a title? e.g. “…at the Summer Folk Festival. The Festival is…”

Do you capitalize "Festival" in this case? For example, "She had a great time at the Summer Folk Festival. This year, the Festival featured several amazing acts, such as...". Or another example, "The ...
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In English, are words like 'English,' 'Monday,' and 'January' considered common nouns or proper nouns?

In English, are names of languages (English, French), days of the week (Monday, Sunday) and months of the year (November, January) considered common nouns or proper nouns? I know they're all ...
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Plaque Formatting [duplicate]

For this plaque: Is it appropriate to capitalize With Appreciation To The or make them all smaller case? Is it appropriate to have "Cochise College Governing Board" two font points bigger (14) than ...
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Space vs the space [closed]

Talking about the(?) space as somewhat out of the Earth's atmosphere, should one Use article "the"? write Space or space? Thanks a lot!
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Are dog species capitalized?

When writing of dog species should they be capitalized? For example: The best breed for hunting rabbits is the beagle. Should the word "beagle" be capitalized?
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Is the capitalization correct? …and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies

Is the capitalization correct in the bold section of following partial sentance ...and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies
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How to capitalise the first word of a sentence if it's been elided?

The example I have just come across: 'fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Or should it be: 'Fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Using either 'fraid is casual anyway because it should (more ...
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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 don'...
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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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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 choose:...
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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 else?...
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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 cases,...
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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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When should “doctor” be capitalized?

In the following sentence, should the word "doctor" be treated as a common noun, or should it begin with a capital letter? The doctor will see you now.