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“The Midwest of the U.S.”

The New Oxford American Dictionary reports the following definition for Middle America: Middle America |ˈˌmɪdl əˈmɛrəkə| noun 1 the middle class in the U.S., esp. when regarded as a ...
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When should types of cheese be capitalized?

Does this recipe call for Cheddar cheese or cheddar cheese? Does pizza have mozzarella or Mozzarella on it? Heck, I'm not even sure if this sandwich contains Swiss cheese or swiss cheese. Is there a ...
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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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Capital letters in headlines [closed]

I’m not a native English speaker. I’ve noticed that in titles or headlines, many words often start with a capital letter while others are still lowercase. As an example, the title of my question ...
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Should “culture” in “Somali culture” be capitalized?

Should I capitalize culture in the following sentence? I am proud to share Somali culture with the community. I know that proper nouns should be capitalized, but culture seems to be a generic ...
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When should I capitalise eucalyptus or other genuses?

I'm reasonably familiar with the capitalisation and italicisation rules that govern scientific names, but am a bit confused about capitalising, or not, the name of a genus, e.g. Eucalyptus when used ...
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How does one deal with one word in parenthesis at the start of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: (I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence How does one deal with capitalization in a situation like this: Correlation does not not imply causation. (Link) ...
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Capitalising Words in Parentheses?

Should the words inside a set of parentheses be capitalised? For example: ... usually read for personal enjoyment (Recreation) or ... or ... usually read for personal enjoyment ...
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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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Does capitalization change the meaning of the word coke?

Does capitalization change the meaning of the word coke? Does Coke mean the soda and coke mean the drug? Is there a grammar term that denotes this behavior? Or is there no rule and it's simply the ...
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Capitalizing First Letter of Word in Continuing Dialogue

I have a rather tricky question - I'm a writer, about to send my manuscript off to agents and publishers, and have noticed I have a rather strange writing style, particularly when it comes to ...
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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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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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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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Should words be capitalized because they're loanwords?

In the English language Wikipedia article on noh theatre, "Noh" is frequently capitalized even when it's in the middle of a sentence. The only reason I could see someone doing that deliberately is ...
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In the English language, should the “d” be capitalized when writing “American Dollar”?

When writing "American Dollar," should the d in dollar be capitalized?
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Capitalization with quotation marks

I have this sentence: We recommend that parents consciously convey the message, "Everybody needs to follow the safety rules" rather than "Do what the babysitter says." My inclination is to ...
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Capitalization for law of sines

The law of sines is a mathematical formula. I have seen it written as both Law of Sines and law of sines. Which one of these is correct? Edit: According to Google Ngrams, the lower case option was ...
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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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When to use or omit periods in acronyms, abbreviations, and initials [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to drop the periods in abbreviations? I don't understand when or where to use or discard a period when writing short forms. For example, my college is the ...
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What are the capitalization rules regarding historical periods of time?

Why are phrases like "the High Middle Ages" capitalized while e. g. "the sixth century" is not? Is there a general rule?
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When to spell out non-alphanumeric characters?

If a term contains non-alphanumeric characters, when (if ever) should these characters be spelled out? For example: C++   written as   C Plus Plus ...
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Should the footnote be capitalized? [closed]

If we refer a textual content in a footnote, should it be capitalized or not? Here is an example: The proposed method is only working well with homogeneous space and it fails if the space is ...
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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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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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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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How should I capitalize “Clean Up the Tags and Branches” as a title to a section?

Specifically, I am wondering how "Clean Up" should be capitalized. I have three plausible options: "Clean Up" "Clean-up" "Clean up" It all really depends on what part of speech "up" is and ...
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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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How do I write “all-in-one” correctly?

How do I write "all-in-one"? Should it have capital letters? Should it have hyphens? I have done some googling, but I have not found a consistent result.
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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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When referencing attached documents at the end of a sentence in parenthesis do you capitalize the first letter? [duplicate]

The aging reports are used by management to determine what files should be worked on first (see aging reports attached).
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How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title [duplicate]

How should I capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title? e.g. "Make-up" or "Make-Up" (noun) "Strap-on" or "Strap-On" (noun) "Stripped-down" or "Stripped-Down" (adj.) ...
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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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Did English use to have capitalization rules similar to German's current rules? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalisation of nouns in English in the 17th and 18th centuries I was looking up an article of the constitution of the United States of America, and I noticed in the ...
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Boundaries for a person's name - danah boyd

How could the name danah boyd come to pass? Why isn't it Danah Boyd? Would it be inappropriate or incorrect to refer to this person as Danah Boyd?
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Must I capitalize Tivoli?

In this sentence: "Bakken is the world's oldest tivoli", must tivoli be capitalized ? My program's atleast trying to make me think I must.
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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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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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Should there be a capital letter after Hello? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)? I have received this email from my hosting provider. And I ...
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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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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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“We give brands access to…” or “We give Brands access to…”

Should the world "brands" be capitalized in the following sentence? If so why? We give Brands access to our database of 100 users. "Brands" refers to advertisers such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.
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When should I capitalize the word “principal”?

When using the word Principal to describe the head or director of a school, under what situations should one capitalize it, and when should it be lower-cased?
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(I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence

When a sentence begins with a parenthetical clause (uncommon, I'm sure), how should the following portion be capitalized? My thought is it would be either (In my opinion, at least[,]) the play was ...
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“Living in the South” or “Living in the south”?

The sentence I'm wondering about: Living in the [S/s]outh during the early 1900’s, the most decisive factor of a man’s life was determined at birth: the color of his skin. Should South be ...
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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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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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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, ...
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Use of medical words

When charting on a patient, and a choice is high cholesterol, should both be capitalized?