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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 ...
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Does Capitalization Make Sense in This Context

I have a lot of experience as a content writer and did a lot of fiction writing in my past; Things like the Onion's rules on semi-colons make me giggle endlessly. I'm out of SEO and working as a ...
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Word or phrase for capitalizing pronouns referring to gods

Some publications capitalize He, Him, etc., when referring to a god. What is this practice called? 'Proper noun' is rather generic.
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Why is “biblical” the only proper adjective to not use upper case?

Generally, when an adjective is derived from a proper noun, the adjective also has a capital initial, hence Googleable, Mancunian, British, and Shavian. (In contrast, verbs are not given capitals, ...
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How does one mention “first class honors” and GPA correctly on a résumé?

On my résumé, I have the following: -----Bachelor of ABC, Institute of XYZ, Country----- "first class honors" and GPA I can't construct this line in a way that sounds completely ...
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Utopia or utopia [closed]

Does one write Utopia (with capital) or utopia (without capital)? Or does it not matter which one is chosen? I do not know whether it matters, but I want to use it as follows: Using a (certain) ...
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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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When describing a person, should “Valentine” be capitalized?

When used to describe the day, the word is capitalized: "What are you doing on Valentine's Day?". But what about when describing a person, as in meaning two in Wiktionary: She was my Valentine. ...
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Should proper nouns be capitalized when used as verbs? [duplicate]

Should proper nouns be capitalized when used as verbs? For instance: "I Googled it" "I googled it"
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Are the names of these metrics proper nouns?

In my thesis I am writing about a number of different metrics. Not metrics in the mathematical sense, but metrics which are measures, functions. A function which takes an input and returns a symolic ...
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How does one capitalize words like “un-American”?

Google's dictionary lists it as "un-American" or "unAmerican" (which looks clumsy to me). Since American is a "demonym," I would usually capitalize it, so I feel compelled to capitalize "un-American" ...
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Should “the” be capatalised in this situation? [duplicate]

My friend is starting a blog, and the name she is planning to use for it is based in this structure: "Becky" the "Foodie". Should "the" in the name/title be capitalised? Becky The Foodie? Or Becky ...
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Job requirements. Why do they write words with capital letters within sentences?

I noticed the capitalization within sentences. For example, Great experience in Java, Android SDK with core knowledge of Object Oriented Programming principles and Design Patterns. Is there a ...
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Proper way to quote the end of a saying (ellipsis use and capitalization)

The quote goes: So next time someones complains that you have made a mistake, tell them that may be a good thing, because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. I only want the ...
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Capitalize after slash at beginning (e.g. Risk/Issue management)

Should a word after a slash at the beginning of a sentence be capitalized? E.g. Risk/Issue management Risk/issue management I would guess the first one is correct because "Issue" ...
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Title Capitalization Help [duplicate]

There is a title for a chapter in a book I'm reading, that reads "SHOULD I DO IT WHILE I'M SICK?". I was wondering, how would this be capitalized using the formatting suggested by the Chicago Manual ...
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How to Reference a Figure Based on a Corresponding Table?

I am currently writing a thesis. So far, when I put a caption under a figure which was based on a preceding table, I worded the figure's caption to something along: Figure 1.2: Graphical ...
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Should the word “state” be capitalized when it describes a type of tax return. [closed]

On my resume I have a line that reads: -Prepared Federal and state tax returns for individuals...... Should state be capitalized? I usually capitalize Federal in my job when I write "Federal tax ...
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In an Australian context, should “Aborigine” be capitalised?

When referring to an Australian context, as opposed to Aboriginal Canadians, or indigenous people worlwide, should "Aborigine" (and "Aboriginal") be capitalised? I tried googling, but the hits I ...
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When would you capitalize “Management”, if ever?

I'm editing a technical policy/procedure document, and it says: ...does not limit the right of Management to impose additional training.... Is the capitalization correct?
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Should I capitalize the word 'Web' in this sentence?

A dedicated web server may be required, depending on XXX, YYY, ZZZ, and the total number of concurrent Web users
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Capitalization of lowercase variable in title [closed]

Should a lowercase variable be capitalized in a title? For example, how should "x-axis" be written when used as a title? In a sentence, I tend to avoid the situation altogether by not starting with ...
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Should a name that is capitalized contain a lower case letter, for example, McDONALD or MCDONALD? [closed]

If the name is capitalized, for example, should it be McDONALD or MCDONALD?
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Capitalizing “the” when mid-sentence in a company name?

Consider a company called: The Association of Examples Ltd. When you refer to this company, should you have to capitalize "the" when it's mid-sentence and would have been used even if it wasn't ...
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When to capitalize words such as “lake”, and when can the whole word be omitted?

Which of the following sentences are correct? "He gave two examples of large lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior." "He gave two examples of large lakes, Michigan and Superior." "He ...
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To “Macgyver” or to “macgyver”?

I recently came across this usage “we Macgyver…” and the use of the upper case caught my attention. I googled the word to see if it is mentioned in the dictionary; it gave me this result, for ...
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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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Should “Applied Cryptography” be capitalized? Is it a proper noun?

I'm trying to write a cover letter for a fairly prestigious job, and I'm aiming for (arguably too much) perfection in my cover letter. I don't want to be turned away only because the hiring people ...
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Is it acceptable to capitalize class names and attributes when referencing my programming code in a message?

In programming we often create reusable data structures that contain attributes to store information. For example, if writing a piece of software that has to do with cars we may have a Car class that ...
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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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Do I capitalize or write out 'first' if I write: “Her birthday was May First.”?

I'm writing a story in which a character's birthday (May 1st) is significant. A characters notes in conversation that, "Her birthday is May first." Should I write out 'first' or refer to it as '1st'? ...
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Capitalization of Captain [closed]

The Chicago Manual of Style sets out these rules for capitalizing "Captain": Robert greeted Captain Jones, "Hello Captain." "Good evening," replied the captain. I looked at 20 books by the most ...
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What is the correct capitalization of code examples when beginning a sentence? [duplicate]

I am writing a technical book and a lot of it is structured as explanations of code examples. For instance: var links = data.map(function (d) { return {source: nick_id(d.from), ...
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Capitalise 'squadron'?

Should the word 'squadron' be written with a capital? In some contexts it seems more appropriate than in others, but I'd like to do it consistently. The 12th squadron set sail. versus The ...
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Plaque Wording and Capitalization

When writing a message on a plaque using multiple lines to communicate the message, is it appropriate to capitalize the first word of each line, even if the line is a continuation of a sentence shown ...