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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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What to capitalize in table headings?

I'm writting a table for a scientific paper and I'm not sure what to capitalize in the column-headings. Which rule should be used? Normal English capitalization (then the next question is: write the ...
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Initial capitalization of foreign surnames when starting a sentence

In the book, "The Crystal Shard," by R.A. Salvatore, a character is surnamed "de Bernezan." Which of the following complete sentences uses the correct English-language capitalization: de Bernezan ...
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When to capitalize the name of a season

Which sentence uses the correct capitalization for the name of the season? I will travel in the summer of 2013. or I will travel in the Summer of 2013.
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Correct capitalization of words beginning with “e-”

What is the correct capitalization of words beginning with "e-" (like e-mail or e-learning or e-assessment) when used in a title? Is it "E-Learning" or "E-learning" or even "e-Learning"? To clarify: ...
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Are white and black ever capitalized when referring to people

What is the accepted custom regarding capitalization when it comes to "White" and "Black" when referring to race, whether they are being used as nouns or adjectives?
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When did English stop requiring capitalisation of non-proper nouns? [duplicate]

I was reading this answer which referenced a number of 18th century publications which capitalised their non-proper nouns: In 1769, in "The Microscope made easy": "Mention having been often made ...
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Why are some words not capitalized in titles?

I understand the how, but the why escapes me completely. After a decent amount of searching on the internet I can only find people talking about how to capitalize a title (or more importantly which ...
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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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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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Capitalization of “Theorem 1” in mathematics papers

In many mathematics papers I read sentences like "...with an appeal to Theorem 4.5 we get...". Is the capitalization of theorem in this case correct? If it is correct why do we capitalize the word?
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Shouldn’t “Heaven” and “Hell” be capitalized, as they are the names of places?

Shouldn’t Heaven and Hell be capitalized, as they are the names of places?
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Should “I” be capitalized or in lower case? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should the first person pronoun 'I' always be capitalized? I have serious question here. I just want to know whether to use small or capital letter for ...
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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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Do you capitalize the names of holidays?

I always thought the names of holidays were proper names, and should thus be capitalized "Christmas", "Thanksgiving", etc. However, I recently made a typo when talking about Christmas (Christmsa), and ...
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Correct Usage of Capital Letters

Suppose there is a Department of English (note: the name is not English Department) at Abc University. I want to know the correct use of capital letters in these sentences: The Department of ...
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Must OK only be written in capital letters? [duplicate]

Whenever I write ok the spell checkers underline it with a red line and suggest that I should OK. Not even Ok works. Why is this so?
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Does use-mention distinction warrant breaking conventions?

Does use-mention distinction sometimes warrant breaking the following capitalization and punctuation conventions? American convention recommends placing punctuation within quote marks. Sentences ...
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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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Achilles' heel or achilles heel? - Is it proper to lowercase the usage

I was reading an article that uses the phrase "Achilles' heel" to refer to Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, but it was written thus: achilles heel My main question is - was this a bad ...
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Capitalization in “the University has 1000s of students. ”

The University of London is huge. The University/university has 1000s of students. Is it correct to leave out the capital u in the second sentence?
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Correct capitalisation of “Machiavellian”?

Does the adjective Machiavellian always have a capital letter? For example: The Machiavellian Iago manipulates Othello into believing his wife, Desdemona, had an affair. Not sure if this is ...
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When is correct to capitalise these words?

At the beginning of sentence is a given. Here are some examples for each word. Should any be capitalised? If not, is there any situations where they should? The word "government" The government ...
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Capitalization of “Assembly Language”

This Wikipedia article does not capitalize "assembly language," for understandable reasons. It uses it as an indefinite article, i.e. "an assembly language." But how should it be written when using ...
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Should broader types be capitalized?

I'm seeing that I get a red squiggle under the words asian and european. When I right-click either, it wants to capitalize the word. I wouldn't think a general type of thing gets capitalized, such as ...
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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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Capitalising the first letter of a reference to God?

like "He", "His", "Thy", "the Creator", "the Omnipotent", etc. What is the origin of this practice? When should I capitalise words like this? for any deity? only the deity of the Abrahamic faiths?
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Universe or universe? [duplicate]

When to use Universe or universe? I'm editing a document where it is "The Creator of the universe". Is it correct?
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Do you capitalize “My Queen” in dialogue?

I've seen some questions discussing the capitalization of "queen" in general, but I'm wondering if you would ever capitalize the "my" in "my queen," particularly in a line of dialogue such as "Very ...
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Are the names of game tokens capitalized?

Are the names of game tokens considered proper nouns, and hence need to be capitalized? Apparently not for chess, as king, queen, bishop etc. are written in lowercase. But what about games whose terms ...
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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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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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Capitalization of “Dictator”

I'm wondering whether the word dictator should be capitalized. Is it just an adjective and not an (official) title?
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A unique case of capitalising mid-sentence and using apostrophe 's'

Firstly, I know there are several questions on here about apostrophe-s, as well as capitalising mid-sentence, but I think this is quite unique. I have the below sentence: "With an expanding fanbase, ...
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Should I capitalize “chemical engineering department”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct Usage of Capital Letters To capitalize “department” or not Which of these sentences is correct? The chemical engineering department told me ...
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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 ...
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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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Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalization of names that begin lowercased, at the beginning of a sentence Let's say that you have a word that should be typed with leading lowercase letter. Perhaps ...
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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 ...
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Why are I and O always capitalized, but a is not?

There are three single-letter words. They are the article a, the pronoun I, and the interjection O. The pronoun I and the interjection O are always capitalized, but the article a follows normal ...
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“Create an Account” or “Create Account”

I have a registration form I want to name. Should I name it:  –  “Create Account”  –  “Create an Account” (or “Create the ...
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What's the etymology of English letter casing terminology?

The popular consensus around the web (i.e., Wikipedia) seems to be that "upper case" and "lower case" originate from typesetting convention of upper and lower drawers for letters, possibly preceded by ...
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When using complete sentences in parenthetical e.g. or i.e. situations, should the first word be capitalized?

In a bulleted list of very technical sentences, where each bulleted item has one or two parenthetical examples or restatements which are complete sentences, should the first letter of each e.g. or ...
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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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Capitalisation of “chess”

When talking about the game of chess do I capitalise or not? If not why not? Example excerpt: I have picked chess as it is a popular, well understood game. Even if the programming unit doesn’t ...
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Capitalization of “the Company”

I am writing a business plan. It is lengthy, so instead of always mentioning the company by its full name, I will write, "the company provides...". Another writer wants me to capitalize "The ...
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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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Yoga terms in English and the capitalization thereof

I'm editing a manuscript in English that contains numerous yoga terms for poses, concepts etc. These are generally derived from Sanskrit, if not actual Sanskrit transliterations. My publisher requires ...
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In old books, why is the first letter of the word after the exclamation mark not capitalised?

I was reading Frankenstein and I've noticed that the word after the exclamation mark usually isn't capitalised (unless it's a noun). Some of the quotes I've found: Alas! who is safe, if she be ...
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Is “hoover” capitalised? [duplicate]

In the UK (and sometimes Australia), a vacuum cleaner will be called a hoover, regardless of its brand. Likewise, the verb "to vacuum" is replaced with "to hoover". With a brand name being used in ...