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When to capitalize “certification titles”?

At my company you can take a course where you can receive training in being a "Super Helper." (Real program name anonymized to protect the innocent.) When, if ever, should we capitalize "Super ...
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What words should never be capitalised in a title or heading? [duplicate]

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sometimes song names will have "the" with a capital "T".
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What's the capitalization rule for tabulated entries? [closed]

Do I have to capitalize each cell in a table, or only be consistent throughout the table?
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Milliseconds or milliseconds? [closed]

Which is the correct capitalization of the word milliseconds in a table? 3.14 Milliseconds or 3.14 milliseconds
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Should I capitalize the middle of a sentence broken up by long examples? [duplicate]

In the context of a technical manual, I need to write instructions guiding users through several standard manipulations. When providing examples of these manipulations, I have written a short sentence ...
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Are names of diseases ever capitalized?

Are names of diseases ever capitalized? For example, I'm trying to determine if the following is correct: The plaintiff could no longer work due to a health condition called pertussis.
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What letters should be capitalized in a “Revert to default” button? [closed]

The question speaks for itself. I have a button on a webpage that lets the user revert to default settings. Should it be "Revert to default" or Revert to Default"?
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Capitals for a city nickname?

Say we pick a city, NotLondon. Now assign a nickname, "NotLondon, the city of tears", tears being a metaphor for rain. Should these be capitalized? Should the word 'the' be capitalized? I think it ...
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Should I capitalize “bible” in “the Christian Bible”? “the Discordian Bible”?

"The Bible" is typically used to refer to the collection of holy books of the Christian faith. It's a proper noun and it gets capitalised. However, "bible" can also be used as a common noun, in ...
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Difference between usage of 'to' and 'of'

What is the difference between the right to freedom of speech and the right of freedom of speech? Secondly, since in India this right is a provision mentioned in the Constitution, while writing it ...
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How to handle non-standard capitalization in formal letters

I am writing a letter to apply for entry into a graduate-level university program through my company. I am struggling on how to write the name of the company in the letter. The company's trademark is ...
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Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?

When referring to a general mother, I'd always just use lowercase. Our mums went shopping together. Your mum bought a new suitcase. However, when addressing my specific mum, I couldn't decide ...
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What is the correct term in English prose for HTML page or html page?

I've seen prose referring to HTML pages and html pages. What is the correct English written description (assuming in modern English - in a written technical book) for an html page? Open the HTML ...
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Capitalization Police: Why all the capitals?

I'm writing an essay where I want to talk about introspection. I've written the following sentence and Microsoft Word is insisting on capitalizing every single 'w' even though this is essentially a ...
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Can context change a common noun into a proper noun?

Here is an excerpt from a poem: "The chrysanthemum with its leaves will wither" The poem in question uses the terms "chrysanthemum" and "leaves" to refer to two specific months. The chrysanthemum ...
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Capital letter for competition names? [closed]

I was writing recently, and wanted to reference a competition managed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It's called the "Global Liveability Rating". First of all, should I capitalize the name of ...
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When to capitlize in a Title or message [duplicate]

On my website, I will have an error message that says: * Please Choose an Option Should an be upper or lower case?
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Trademark names that start with a lowercase letter — do we cap the lowercase letter when it starts a sentence? [duplicate]

Trademark names that start with a lowercase letter -- do we cap the lowercase letter when it starts a sentence? E.g.: iTunes is a hot spot in the app store. Not: ITunes is a hot spot ... iPhone ...
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Why capitalize this word in the middle of the sentence?

I came across this sentence at http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/period.html. Why is "Does" capitalized? The question is, Does anyone support this legislation?
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Should this word be capitalized?

I have a sentence: The term “politics” has its origins as politicus, a Greek word meaning, “of or belonging to civil polity or to the State” (Lewis). Should the "of" in the quotes be ...
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How would I punctuate/capitalize quotes without speaker tags? [closed]

If I have a sentence like this: Statements such as "It's not a problem," or "It's no big deal" are unrealistic. How exactly should I punctuate it? Would I capitalize the I in "it's"? Does the ...
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'Geographer' Vs 'geographer'

I am finalising my personal statement for applying to uni, and I have this sentence: I enjoy following geopolitical issues in the news as these issues have a significant impact on our ...
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Capital letter after adverb [closed]

In sentences like: Also, it provides ... Also, It provides ... is it allowed to place It (with a capital I) instead of it after the adverb Also?
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“Not” or “not” in book title? [duplicate]

Assume I have written a book and want to name it: The Joy of Not Being Stupid Would the "not" be capitalized?
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Should the s in spirit of Christmas be capitalized? [closed]

Should the s in spirit of Christmas be capitalized when in a sentence?
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Should board/residential lease be capitalized?

Are the words "board lease" or "residential lease" capitalized in a sentence? I am a secretary for a school board (is that capitalized?? ha) and these phrases are very frequent. Thank you.
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Capitalization with parentheses at the beginning of a slide bullet point

Which is correct for a bullet point in a slide presentation? (Continuous) Application deployment or (Continuous) application deployment This is not a title, but just a fragment ...
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pre-customer inquiry/ post-customer inquiry

I'm translating titles of paragraphs from Japanese to English. A pragmatic translation of the titles can be: "Before Receiving Inquiries from Potential Customers" and "After Receiving Inquiries from ...
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Capitalization after ellipsis

Although there does exist a related question on SE, it doesn't exactly address my issue. What that question asks if the first letter should be capitalized after an ellipsis. I have the same question ...
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Capitalization in direct speech without quotation marks

My question has been largely answered in the discussion linked to below. However, one question remains: in mid-sentence hypothetical direct speech without quotation marks, what is preferable ...
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Do military titles get capitalized?

I'm pretty sure "Commander Shepard" is preferable to "commander Shepard," but I'm less sure about "the Commander" vs "the commander." On one hand, I'm pretty sure "commander" is a common noun in this ...
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What purpose does capitalization serve in English today?

In another language, case may make a big difference in the interpretation of a sentence, but what about English? i could understand if it had a semantic meaning, such as important words being ...
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“At your university” - does university take a capital letter? [closed]

In the following sentence: I would be humbled to partake in the tradition of excellence in Wizardry at your university. Does "university" (referring to an actual institution) take a capital ...
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Accurate Writing of Scientific Abbreviation

It is quite normal to abbreviate long terms usually more than 2 words to simplify the scientific text and reduce space in scientific manuscripts, i.e., conference papers and journal articles. For ...
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Do you capitalize after starting a sentence with a number in parentheses?

My boss wants business proposals to start with a numbered list in sentence form. She wants the numbers in parentheses and the sentence to continue on with no capitalization. Microsoft word keeps ...
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Why does a company's name spelled like a name, even if it's spelled differently in its logo? [closed]

There are companies which spell their name in their logo in a non standard way, specifically in all caps or all lower case. Some examples are: Intel Acer Yahoo! Yet, when their names are ...
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.comma / surprising / capitalization [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have specific concerns about the following text: After starting my education in Veterinary Medicine and beginning to know diseases and issues that cause ...
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Is there a rule of thumb when to use “the” in front of universities? [duplicate]

I am writing biographies for some of my doctors. I have asked several people and have received several different answers. Here are a couple examples: Lee is a 2005 graduate of the University of ...
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“Public Inquiry” or “Public inquiry” – correct capitalisation [closed]

What is the correct capitalisation for a "public inquiry" ?
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Is capitalizing “master” and other honorifics appropriate?

In BDSM relationships, a dominant male is often referred by his submissive counterpart as a "master", "sir" or by some other honorific. Some in the BDSM lifestyle insist that words referring to the ...
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What’s the difference of ‘Truth with capital T” from truth with small t?

In New York Times (November 1) article titled “A cup of G.I Joe,” Maureen Dowd introduces the following remarks from Howard Schultz, the C.E.O. of Starbucks about Leadership. Dowd suspects if Shultz ...
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What is the correct capitalisation of the following [duplicate]

Company name — "Mushroom Joinery" Tag line — "Creation and restoration in wood" Should capitals be used in the tag line? If so, where?
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Point of difficulty in how punctuation should be handled in and around quotations relating to software logging statements

I sent an e-mail to somebody in the office this morning that had to do with some logging statements in our software, and I wasn't quite sure how to handle commas and such around the quotation marks. ...
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Is it “the fine arts” or just “fine arts”?

Is it "the fine arts" or just "fine arts"? Also, do I capitalize anything?
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Do I Capitalize someone's role?

Do I use capitals when referring to someone's position within an institution or company? And is it the same for all levels of employee? i.e in the following sentence, should the words in bold be ...
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Capitalization of the word universe

Playing around with Google's Ngram viewer, where you can see how many times a word is used in books, I stumbled on this: It shows how often universe and Universe have been used in books. I think ...
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In “Bat Out of Hell”, should “Out of” be capitalized? [duplicate]

Should either or both words in "out of" be capitalized (e.g., Bat Out of Hell)? I wanted to clarify because the "o" is commonly capitalized in any Google search hits.
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Capitalization: 'rivers'

In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
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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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Should foreign titles be capitalized according to English rules?

Most words in a title are capitalized in English but this is not true of all languages; others only capitalize the first word and proper nouns. When you want to use a foreign title in an English text, ...