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How should the year be capitalized?

I suppose a year number to be a proper noun, naming a unique year. Therefore, when written as text, it should be spelled with initial capital letters. But there does not seem to be general agreement ...
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Correct form of a chapter reference [closed]

If I have the following sentences, which version is correct: This chapter provides.... or This Chapter provides.... Note the capitalisation of 'c'. Chapter 1 provides.... Chapter One provides... ...
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Capitalization of “guest of honor”

In the following sentence, should guest of honour be capitalized? Ms. Joe Doe (DTM), the District Governor of Toastmasters International was the Guest of Honour during the charter party on March ...
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Proper capitalization of commonly used acronyms

I was always under impression, that acronyms ought to be written all caps. However reading BBC News site very often I see some of the common acronyms written as proper names (first cap). For example ...
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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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Does one capitalize “communism” and “communist”?

Suppose I have the following sentence: I lived in a communist country during the fall of communism in 1989. Should "communist" and "communism" be capitalized?
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Capitalizing quotations with initial omission?

Let's say we wanted to omit the first four words of the following quotation. "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Generally ...
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Capitalization of a noun that has be made definite

If someone were writing a paper on a particular train station, for brevity, it is easier to refer to it as "the station." Should station in that phrase be capitalized? It is unrelated to ...
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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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Correct capitalization for “of” in an acronym definition

For an acronym that includes the word "of", do you capitalize its usage within the definition (or expansion) of the acronym For example, in the follow sentence: My coworker Steve suffers from ...
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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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Capitalization: when does a phrase become a proper noun?

This is a question on capitalization. Proper nouns are capitalized. But how can I tell which parts of a term constitute a proper noun? Take, for example, the nickname for traveler's diarrhea (sorry, ...
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Should initial e's after h-dropping be capitalized?

A new Victorian-set British novel begins sentences containing h-dropping with lower-case e's, as in " 'e took my money, 'e did." This seems incorrect but I'm at a loss to find the rule.
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Why we capitalize all race names but our own

This question about alien species and planets brought up something I've been thinking about on and off for years. We capitalize names of alien races like Vulcan, Timelord, Cylon (well, maybe not ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “to capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) Is there a word, preferably not from the realm of computer programming, that means the opposite of "to ...
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Capitalization of German words in English sentences

If I write an English text and use some German nouns in there do I have to write them capitalized or not? If I would have a whole sentence or quote in German I would probably use German grammar and ...
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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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King James Bible archaic style

I am currently reading the King James Version of the Bible and I have noticed some features that I would like to know more about. Almost every verse of the First Book of Moses starts with “and”. ...
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Should the “half” in “half-Chinese” be capitalised?

Is it correct to write half-Chinese or Half-Chinese?
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Is it proper to capitalize after an acronym?

By intuition, I would say that after writing an acronym, one need not capitalize the first word after it. However, after seeing how writing-software capitalizes any word which follows the acronym, ...
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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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Understanding U.S. President capitalization

I was taught at an early age in the USA that when we write about our President, we are supposed to capitalize the title in order to signify that it's on the federal level. Is it correct to always do ...
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When should “Mom” and “Dad” be capitalized?

I am trying to understand capitalization rules with Mom and Dad. I believe I have it correct below, but please let me know if I do not. The one thing I learned from my dad was that it was good to ...
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Should “tablet” be capitalized in a school essay?

Should "tablet" be capitalized? Such as: "The last ten years has brought us smartphones, tablets, 3-D visual entertainment..." etc.
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Capitalisation of domain names and URLs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name? Is there a rule or preference for capitalisation of domain names? I'm aware that folder and file names are ...
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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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When referring to a specific war (or other named event), should the word “war” be capitalized when it appears alone?

The Cold War instilled a fear of nuclear war in the public; additionally, the [war] was responsible for an extreme anti-Communist sentiment that lingers to this day. Should the bracketed instance ...
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Title Capitalization Doubt: “If” or “if?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? Suppose I'm going to write an article/essay with the following title: "What To Do If You Believe Space Aliens Shot JFK" ...
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Is there a word for capitalizing in the middle of a word, as in “eBay”?

Usually this sort of word is a trademarked name, such as eBay or BlackBerry. Is there a word that describes capitalization mid-word?
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What percentage of characters in normal English Literature is written in capitals?

I'm talking about percentage of letters, not words, in case it isn't clear. Is there a way to gauge this?
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Capitalize first words in a list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalization for a bullet list When using a list, like this: first item second item third item should the first word in each item be capitalized? I.e., is this ...
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A pedant's plea for a proper pun

This problem has plagued me occasionally, and I'm finally asking: What is the proper grammar (specifically, verb use and capitalization) in the following pun situation? The only Windows I want to ...
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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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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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Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?

Let's say I have a product/brand with a website, for the purpose of this question the product is called Acme and the site is http://acme.com . What's more correct when referring to the site without ...
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How is X-ray capitalized? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalize X in x-ray? I see in the OED and on wikipedia that 'X-ray' can be both 'x-ray' and 'X-ray'; is there a preferred version for American English?
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How do you spell wifi / Wi-Fi / WiFi?

This is probably related to whether one should capitalize Internet or not. I am looking for the correct spelling of wifi when referring to a wireless connection to the Internet. I want to tell the ...
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Should “romaji” be capitalized?

Should, "romaji", a loanword from Japanese, be capitalized because it is ultimately related to "Rome", which is a proper noun? I came across Should capitalization be preserved in loanwords? , but ...
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“Thanks and Regards” vs. “Thanks and regards”

I am almost certain that the R in regards must be in lower case because it follows a conjunction and is therefore a part of the same phrase/sentence. But I've been seeing a lot of emails of late that ...
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Capitalization of explanation of abbreviations

I'm writing a rather tehnical report with a lot of abbreviations such as QoS (quality of service), AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and HMAC (Hash-based Message Authentication Code). When should ...
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Why are the words Reich and Kaiser capitalised in English?

It is the same with Diesel, which can be capitalised or not. Do the words Reich and Kaiser have some specific historic value as they are distinguished from non-capitalised words such as halt, ozone, ...
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Capitalization of idioms in titles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? If I'm using an idiom in a title then should all the elements of the phrase be capitalized or just the ones that are ...
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Are particular seasons proper nouns?

Should fall be capitalised in the following? If yes, is it because Fall 2011 is a proper noun? Where should an app be released in Fall 2011? Context. In a Wikipedia article, Avatar (2009 ...
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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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Is “Sent from my iPhone” correctly punctuated and capitalized?

I'm sure everyone has seen this phrase at the bottom of many e-mail messages. My question is about the combination of punctuation and capitalization. The capitalization of the first word makes me ...
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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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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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Should I capitalize the “G” in “God Particle” when referring to the Higgs Boson particle?

I'm researching the Higgs Boson particle and have always preferred to call it the "god Particle" or even the "Champagne Particle". But the capitalization of the "G" has thrown me off. I'm conflicted ...
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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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Words that change meaning when the first letter is capitalized [closed]

What words change meaning when the first letter is capitalised? The only word with this property that comes to mind is polish.