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What is the correct capitalization of the words earth and moon?

I believe that Earth means planet and earth means soil. But I've seen earth used in published works to mean the planet earth. But no one writes jupiter. Similarly, Moon should mean the name of ...
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How to cite an author who does not capltalize her name if you are beginning a sentence with her name

If you are writing a paper and citing works by an author/researcher who does not capitalize her name, how do you begin a sentence using the author's name?
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How to use however in a contrarian statement that ends with a question? [duplicate]

After making a statement in the prior sentence, I want to make a statement that contradicts it and then asks a question. I want to use however and I want to know to make my contrarian statement. I am ...
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Should “guest of honour” be capitalised?

The Principal will invite the guest of honour to give the National Day message at 9 o'clock. Is the guest of honour capitalised?
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Capitalization of “biomedical”

I work at a company with the word "biomedical" in its name. Sometimes I see it capitalized in CamelCase, like a programmer would write it ("BioMedical"), and sometimes as one word ("Biomedical"). The ...
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Capital letters in “That Someone that I Love” [duplicate]

In "That Someone that I Love", would "that" be capitalized?
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Capitalization: “ondes Martenot” is, while “theremin” isn't — why?

As evidenced by their Wikipedia pages; and pretty much everywhere. Léon Theremin developed his instrument in 1918 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin Maurice Martenot invented his in 1928 - ...
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Writing deadlines

I'm currently using the following date format for setting deadlines: Monday, 27 January 2014, 3 PM My questions are: Should I mention time at the beginning or leave it at the end? Should I ...
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When to capitalize careers/degrees

I'm writing bios for a company newsletter. If I were to write Mr. Smith is a graduated engineer in electrical engineering or Mr. Smith holds a PhD in Electrochemistry - how do you know when it is ...
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Do I capitalize s on “son” when it's used casually such as “Say hi to your pa for me, son.”?

"Tell your pa I'm here, sonny." or "Tell your pa I'm here, Sonny." (When the boy's name is not Sonny.)
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When to write two-lettered words with capital? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a few titles here: Fire in Our Hands Who am I Land of Dreams Do I write the italic words with capitals like the other words, or is it properly written the way it is?
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What to capitalize in a title? [duplicate]

I understand that you should not capitalize prepositions in titles but the following looks a bit funny: "Accept Changes into a New Space" To me, capitalizing 'into' looks more right, "Accept Changes ...
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Why is the beginning of a quote in old text sometimes denoted by a capital letter but no quotation marks?

In the following text of Pamela by Samuel Richardson, well is capitalised — possibly to denote speech, where inverted commas have been neglected. As GEdgar points out, this is not an isolated ...
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Is it grammatically correct to capitalize pronouns referring to God [duplicate]

In the bible, "he" and "his" are capitalized when they are used to refer to God. Is this grammatically correct? If so, what rule do we have that allows these words to be capitalized?
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Proper Capitalization of “ancient romans” [closed]

How should this be capitalized: ancient romans?
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Capitalization of honorifics such as “your excellency”, “your majesty”, “your holiness”

When addressing an ambassador, is it I agree with your excellency. or should your, excellency, or both be capitalized? Likewise with "your majesty" and "your holiness".
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Start a letter/email with a minuscule or a majuscule

So in German when you write a letter, you start the body with a minuscule letter because the salutation is seen as an interjection, I presume: Dear Max, We just saw [yada, yada, letter] ...
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Capitalization of the enterprise IT industry

I often find myself in the situation of wanting to capitalize the phrase "Enterprise IT" due to its frequency of reference as the title of my industry. It feels appropriate when I write: "In ...
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Her love letters--to and from Daddy--were in an old box,

Her love letters--to and from Daddy--were in an old box, tied with ribbons and stiff, rigid-with-age leather thongs:1918 through 1920;... Why (Daddy) in this sentence was written with a capital D?
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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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Referring to a person, should I use the capital letter for “Fascist”?

As I understand, the word Fascism must be capitalised, while the adjective fascist should not. But what if "Fascist" is used as a noun? Eg: "The headmaster was enlisted in the National Fascist Party ...
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Should the first word after a dash used as self-interruption be capitalized?

When writing dialogue, a dash can be used to denote interruption. For example: “Hello, can I ask you about—” “No.” If a character is interrupting themself, should the first word of the ...
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Should I capitalize peace, love, and happiness? [closed]

I am writing in our family Christmas card this year: Wishing you peace, love, and happiness. My question is, should peace, love, and happiness be capitalized? It's driving me crazy! Thank you!
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Hyphenating/capitalizing values and coordinates

I'm translating some software from German (where there's a correct way for everything) into English (my native language, but also where I do so much more just by feeling) and I'm stumped by things ...
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Capitalization: “Our Planet” [closed]

In the following sentence, "Science has made navigation to all parts of our planet possible," what are the capitalization rules for the words our planet? our Planet Our Planet
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Was the verb “bring” once used as a noun?

In the book of Amos (KJV, Amos 4:1), we find the verb bring is capitalized in the middle of a sentence. This is in sharp contrast to the same verb written in v. 4 in lower case letters. Finding a ...
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Correct capitalization for domain specific phrase?

I am currently developing a webpage for the local underwater basket-weaving club, and they have a yearly course called "Learn to Weave". Encountering this phrase in multiple pages and e-mails, I am ...
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Which words to capitalize in Master thesis headings?

I'm writing my Master thesis in English and now I do not know about the headings. Do I have to write heading in upper or only lower case printing? For example: Processing and Distribution ...
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Question regarding capital letter in scientific report

I'm writing a scientific report (due this evening), and I'm having some problems regarding capital letters. As usual, figures, tables, sections, etc., are given capital letters. Example: Results ...
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Referring to two sections

What is the proper way to refer to two sections in a single sentence (in a scientific text)? In particular, should I use the word section twice, or should I use sections. If I use sections should I ...
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When should scientific disciplines be capitalized?

When writing motivation letters like SoP, or any other formal text, I don't know whether I have to capitalize sciences or areas of research. For example: I have been introduced to ...
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How are invented names like “scrypt” pronounced that include nonstandard abbreviations?

In technical contexts, I often come across terms that are invented names where some underlying meaning is not spelled out but can be inferred. This inferred meaning would often be lost if one tried to ...
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When is it correct to use upper case letters for nouns that may only be unique in a given context?

First off, the title is misleading; feel free to improve upon it. I've noticed words surrounding titles often start with upper case letters, but I'm uncertain if this is correct. After reading this ...
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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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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 ...
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Should a mathematical variable at the beginning of a sentence be capitalized? [duplicate]

If a sentence starts with a mathematical variable which normally is lower case, should that variable be capitalized? Or is it better to just avoid starting sentences with variables? x and y ...
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Capitalizing Titles/Honors

If I am writing about a historical figure such as a king (or governor or prince), am I supposed to capitalize the word "king" throughout my discussion of him? For instance: "King James initially made ...
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Do you capitalize an alias that is in quotes?

Do you capitalize an alias that is in quotes? for example, what would be the correct way to capitalize the following statement: Mary became known as "the girl with the wooden shoe".
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Should “State” be capitalized on its own?

Say we had the following: Higher Education spending, clout, and influence in New York State is substantial. Within the State’s borders... Should the latter instance of State be capitalized or ...
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Is Capitalising Every Word more common in music titles?

I'm aware that the titles of most creative works are given with nouns, etc. capitalised and "closed" words not (e.g. The Chicago Manual of Style) but I seem to see another approach much more in songs ...
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which one : A or An European? [duplicate]

It seems like "A European" is the correct one but why ? Is this a general rule about Capitalized words?
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Capital letter in the word “one”? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a headline for a subsection of a book or article that goes something like: Everything Collected in One Place. Is this correct or should it be: Everything Collected in one Place. ?
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When should I capitalise the first inital after a colon?

I've read a few question and answers on this topic but, to make assurance doubly sure (as it were), here goes. Is the capitalisation correct in the following two instances? Chapter 7 examines ...
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Should I capitalize the phrase that has its abbreviation following?

I am doing a technical and scientific writing. I have been confused by this for a long time. Basically, there are two case. A well-known phrase with its abbreviation. e.g. Global Positioning System ...
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What are the capitalization / italicization rules for Betta fish?

I recently edited this question on Pets.SE regarding fish compatability. The original author used mixed capitalization of "Betta" fish, but did not capitalize "neon tetra". The Wikipedia entry on ...
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“Gained the academic title of professor”

I have a bit of a problem finding the right way to say/write the following: Gained the academic title of professor of xxx. Is the choice of gained fine, or should I use some other verb that is ...
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Why do users from India make these particular punctuation and capitalization errors? [closed]

Many users from India are now using the Stack Exchange sites and I see a common set of errors: Spaces before punctuation: *where is this going ? No space at all around punctuation *This is one ...
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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. ...
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Is one allowed to use capitalization for emphasis?

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 ...
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Why must you capitalize the first word of a sentence? [closed]

My suspicion is it provides more visual indication that a new sentence is starting, but it bothers me because I think a period / exclamation / question mark seems sufficient to me. Plus, if a proper ...