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Are particular seasons proper nouns?

Should fall be capitalised in the following? If yes, is it because Fall 2011 is a proper noun? Where should an app be released in Fall 2011? Context. In a Wikipedia article, Avatar (2009 film)...
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Does one capitalize “communism” and “communist”?

Suppose I have the following sentence: I lived in a communist country during the fall of communism in 1989. Should "communist" and "communism" be capitalized?
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Should capitalization be preserved in loanwords?

The fundamental principle of gestalt perception is the law of prägnanz (German for pithiness). In German, all nouns are capitalized. Should the above text be written as is, or with "the law of ...
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Proper use of “TV”

It seems "TV" is always preferred when used as an abbreviation for "television" in informal writing, but is "tv" ever acceptable? (The capitalization seems to me to place undue emphasis on it.)
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Capitalization of “School” as an adjective

I am working on a research poster, and the teacher supervising wrote the following language. It doesn't seem to me like "School" is a proper noun, but he tells me it is when referring to a specific ...
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Should the names of seasons be capitalized?

When you are writing about the seasons, should you capitalize their names? For example, would you say: I love the colors of the leaves in Autumn. Or should you say: I love the colors of the ...
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Apostrophes and caps in Happy Mother’s Day / Happy Mothers’ Day

So, I’m writing this as it is Mother’s (or maybe Mothers’) Day today, and I was wondering what would be a correct way to write that. Should the apostrophe come be between the r and the s, or after ...
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Can a sentence start with a small letter? [duplicate]

Exact duplicate: How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”? Also related: Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase Should I change the structure of a ...
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To capitalize “department” or not

When using the word "department" after the name of a department, does one capitalize it? For example, "Advertising Department?"
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Is it a good idea to begin a sentence with a number or a variable name?

Is it acceptable to have the following sentences in formal writing? 2.5 years have already been completed. or n shows the number of something.
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Should words be capitalized for being religious terms?

While googling about whether "atheist" should be capitalized, and skimming past posts by people blogging about atheism rather than about English grammar, I came across http://uwf.edu/writelab/reviews/...
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Should I capitalise “or” between examples?

On this site, there are often many different options as an answer, for example both with and without the Oxford comma. When giving multiple options, should I capitalize the word "or" between them? ...
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When does a locational distinction change its suffix and capitialization in a proper name?

I am trying to capitalize Western Canada or western Canada properly and am wanting a definition for when the "ern" is added as a suffix to a locational distinction of a proper noun. I believe the ...
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Is “Sent from my iPhone” correctly punctuated and capitalized?

I'm sure everyone has seen this phrase at the bottom of many e-mail messages. My question is about the combination of punctuation and capitalization. The capitalization of the first word makes me ...
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“State of Maryland” or “state of Maryland”?

When referring to a U.S. state in a formal document, is it correct to capitalize "State," or should it remain uncapitalized? For example: This school is accredited by the State of Maryland OR This ...
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Title Capitalization of Keywords in Programming Languages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with ...
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Sentence case in a message

We have created a game where children can learn Vegetables and Fruits. When the child answers a question they receive a notification to tell them whether they got it wrong or right. My opinion is ...
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When should the word “master's” or “ bachelor's” be capitalized with apostrophe s? [duplicate]

When I'm specifically not mentioning if its MS or MEngg degree. What is the correct way to say - pursuing master's/masters/Masters/Master's in Electrical Engineering and during my bachelor's/...
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Plaque wording - capitalization?

Language on a presentation plaque - is it written in sentence format or are the words capitalized like in a title? Example below: In Recognition Of Your Exceptional Leadership Of The Prevention ...
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Capitalization of the word “the” in “the Lord” / “The Lord”

Should I capitalize the word "the" when speaking of God as "the/The Lord"? I praise the Lord. or... I praise The Lord.
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What are the rules of capitalization and article usage with building names?

What are the rules for building names? In particular, does the word "building" need to be capitalized when a part of a building's name? How about article "the" - what are the rules for using it as a ...
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Dishes on menus and capitalising in naratives [closed]

"I'll have a mixed salad," or how about, 2. "I'll have the Mixed Salad." What about, 3. "I'll have the mesclun salad." If in the narrative the speaker is ordering directly from the menu, would it be ...
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Should the area in which you received your master's degree be capitalized?

For my resume, I have a summary at the top that starts with "Dedicated individual with Master of Science in biomedical engineering." Should "biomedical engineering" be capitalized? Should "Master of ...
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Capitalization of bpm/BPM meaning beats per minute

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "bpm" as an abbreviation of "beats per minute" and gives the example: a pulse rate of 40 bpm Is there an explanation for the curious feature that this ...
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Should a note be addressed with “Hi all” or “Hi All”?

It is common to begin an email with the greeting "hi all" when the note is addressed to multiple recipients. What, however, is the correct capitalization of "all" in this context? Does it become a ...
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How should “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” be capitalized?

How should "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" be capitalized? Here are some examples taken from some of the top results on Google: I’d like to be among the first to wish you a very Merry ...
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Is “Thank god”, as opposed to “Thank God”, acceptable?

People are quite stingy lately about anything with religious connotations, so I'm worried that the phrase "thank God" might tick some people off. Is "thank god" acceptable? Would that offend people ...
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Why we capitalize all race names but our own

This question about alien species and planets brought up something I've been thinking about on and off for years. We capitalize names of alien races like Vulcan, Timelord, Cylon (well, maybe not ...
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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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Capitalization of explanation of abbreviations

I'm writing a rather tehnical report with a lot of abbreviations such as QoS (quality of service), AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and HMAC (Hash-based Message Authentication Code). When should ...
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Capitalization: when does a phrase become a proper noun?

This is a question on capitalization. Proper nouns are capitalized. But how can I tell which parts of a term constitute a proper noun? Take, for example, the nickname for traveler's diarrhea (sorry, ...
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Should the words “city”/“state”/“province” be capitalized (if not followed by the name of the city)?

When referring to an entity like a government body, should it be capitalized if referring to is by classification(?). E.g., if I write: The City of New York requires us to get a building permit. ...
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How to write a bulleted list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Question about Capitalization for a Bullet List Periods for bullet point items Should each item be in uppercase or not? I've seen both forms: Yada, yada, yada, such ...
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When a sentence starts with “e.g.”, should the e be capitalized?

When a sentence starts with e.g., should the e be capitalized? Neverminding that it might be better to start with "For example," ... Thinking of SE posts and comments, should the starting e be ...
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Capital letter after ellipsis

I was talking to a friend of mine over Skype, and I typed this: Ok... Now I want more pork pie. I'd like to know, should there be a capital letter after the ellipsis …? Should it be written the ...
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Proper capitalization of commonly used acronyms

I was always under impression, that acronyms ought to be written all caps. However reading BBC News site very often I see some of the common acronyms written as proper names (first cap). For example "...
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Is there a Name for this Style of Capitalisation?

It seems quite common on the web to capitalise certain words in a heading, or navigation bar, but not others. Here are some examples: Visit the Member's Page How to Format (as seen on this ...
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Are there examples of terms named after a person that are no longer capitalized?

Are there any grammatically correct examples of terms named after someone that are no longer capitalized? I know certain brand names have become so ingrained in the lexicon that they are no longer ...
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Are pronouns for non-universal divines capitalized?

When following the formal English rule of Reverential Capitals, any reference to God Almighty is capitalized, as are equivalent non-Christian entities such as "Allah" or the neo-pagan "Goddess" (and ...
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How should “The Cloud” be capitalized?

"We are migrating our core systems into (1) The Cloud ... or (2) the cloud ... or (3) the Cloud???" I've googled (Googled?) this and found the usual range of differing opinions but as yet no ...
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Yoga (proper-case) or yoga (lowercase)?

I've seen it written in both ways. I'm tempted to use the proper case, because I was under the impression that it is also a form/name of religion. What do you think?
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Capitalization of certain terms in English Literature

In English literature, improper capitalization of some phrases is common. A friend of mine calls them 'Milnesian Capitals'. These tend to be used in late 19th early 20th century British writings. A....
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Capitalizing quotations with initial omission?

Let's say we wanted to omit the first four words of the following quotation. "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Generally ...
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Why is the letter after “Mc” in names capitalized?

For example, McDowell, or McDonald, or McKenna, etc. Is it necessary to capitalize that letter following "Mc"? And if yes, why is this so?
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Correct capitalization for “of” in an acronym definition

For an acronym that includes the word "of", do you capitalize its usage within the definition (or expansion) of the acronym For example, in the follow sentence: My coworker Steve suffers from ...
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Where and why were capital letters first used in headlines?

The words in headlines are capitalized. I'm interested in the history of this. Where and why were capital letters first used in headlines? Where is this practice of capitalization of words in English ...
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How should the year be capitalized?

I suppose a year number to be a proper noun, naming a unique year. Therefore, when written as text, it should be spelled with initial capital letters. But there does not seem to be general agreement ...
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Should it be “Happy Birthday!” or “Happy birthday!” when used as a two word sentence?

I've always simply written it "Happy birthday!" but my wife recently said that "Birthday" should be capitalized as well. What's grammatically correct?
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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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Is one allowed to use capitalization for emphasis? [closed]

In written English, is it okay to emphasize words by capitalizing them? As in: I would NEVER do that! Are there other methods to achieve this? On an aside: Dutch uses acute accents for ...