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Is there any initiative or movement trying to abolish capitalization of I, nations and religions? [on hold]

Certain movements and ideas would with regard to their spirit or ideology in doubt decide against stressing the individual (in favour of community), the nation (in favour of cosmopolitism) and ...
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Confusion with capitalization and hyphenation of a title

I am excited to post my first question in English StackExchange! I am working on a programming language with falls under the term of "domain-specific language". I want to use this term in the title "...
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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If there is a constant reference to a particular fire department, is “fire department” capitalized?

If there is a constant reference to a specific fire department, is "fire department" capitalized?
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Capitalization of headings that are referenced elsewhere in the content

In a letter with headings and sections with titles, do I capitalize those section/heading titles when referencing them elsewhere in the letter? Example: Scope of Work (section title/heading) As ...
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Capitalization of Hyphenated Words at the Beginning of Sentences

Normally, when you start a sentence the first letter of the word is capitalized. What do you do with hyphenated words? Do the first letters of each hyphenated member get capitalized too? And then, by ...
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In English, are words like 'English,' 'Monday,' and 'January' considered common nouns or proper nouns?

In English, are names of languages (English, French), days of the week (Monday, Sunday) and months of the year (November, January) considered common nouns or proper nouns? I know they're all ...
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Do I capitalize “gulf” when referring to the Gulf of Mexico?

In referring to the Gulf of Mexico as "the gulf," do I capitalize "gulf?" Example: "We're going to the gulf (or Gulf) in August." I'm using the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., but can't find a ...
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Capitalization of honorifics such as “your excellency”, “your majesty”, “your holiness”

When addressing an ambassador, is it I agree with your excellency. or should your, excellency, or both be capitalized? Likewise with "your majesty" and "your holiness".
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“the” is in my business name, capitalize it or not?

I'm starting a new business and recently decided on a name. The problem is that the name has the word "the" stuck right in the middle, like so: __ the __, LLC My question, should the "the" be ...
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Is Kelvin capitalized?

Definition of Kelvin: The kelvin is the primary unit of temperature measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the Celsius degree, which has the same magnitude. ...
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Should Units of Measure be capitalized? [closed]

I just created an inch to mm conversion calculator and I am writing a blog post announcing its launch. When should I capitalize the terms inch and millimeter? Does it matter if I'm spelling it out? ...
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Capitalize partial reference to a title? e.g. “…at the Summer Folk Festival. The Festival is…”

Do you capitalize "Festival" in this case? For example, "She had a great time at the Summer Folk Festival. This year, the Festival featured several amazing acts, such as...". Or another example, "The ...
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Capitalization of foreign proper nouns

Serbo-Croatian grammar requires that only the first word of a multi word name of a place or an object is capitalized. For example, "Stari most" is a name of a bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina. If we don'...
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Capitalizing Stages of Diseases

I was wondering: some diseases have stages with specific names, as opposed to "Stage I", "Stage II", etc. Should I capitalize the names of the stages or leave them in lowercase? I'm asking in respect ...
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Plaque Formatting [duplicate]

For this plaque: Is it appropriate to capitalize With Appreciation To The or make them all smaller case? Is it appropriate to have "Cochise College Governing Board" two font points bigger (14) than ...
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Space vs the space [closed]

Talking about the(?) space as somewhat out of the Earth's atmosphere, should one Use article "the"? write Space or space? Thanks a lot!
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When should “doctor” be capitalized?

In the following sentence, should the word "doctor" be treated as a common noun, or should it begin with a capital letter? The doctor will see you now.
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Capitalization of chemical element names

Do the names of chemical elements need to be capitalized? For example, in running text should it be hydrogen or Hydrogen?
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Are dog species capitalized?

When writing of dog species should they be capitalized? For example: The best breed for hunting rabbits is the beagle. Should the word "beagle" be capitalized?
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Capitalization in abbreviated references

I was reading through some company documents regarding “Our Vision, Values And Principles”, etc., and was wondering about how they were referenced later in the text. Frequently the author wrote ...
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Capitalizing document names

Does anyone know if I need to capitalize document names in this sentence? Created and maintained comprehensive project documentation; Business Case, Project Charter, and Project Plans. In other ...
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Is the capitalization correct? …and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies

Is the capitalization correct in the bold section of following partial sentance ...and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies
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How to capitalise the first word of a sentence if it's been elided?

The example I have just come across: 'fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Or should it be: 'Fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Using either 'fraid is casual anyway because it should (more ...
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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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Should “Vikings” be capitalized? [closed]

When speaking of gangs of people like vikings, should the word be capitalized? For example: In the 8th century, the vikings sacked Lindisfarne. Should the word "vikings" be capitalized in the ...
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Capitalization of title in scientific paper [duplicate]

I'd like to use the correct capitalization of words in the title of a scientific paper. The part of the title I'm not sure about is the following: What to do with an Area? ... As far as I ...
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When to capitalize job titles? [duplicate]

I'm a transcriptionist and also studying for my IELTS exam. I would like to know when is it correct to capitalize job titles such as receptionist, office assistant, general manager, veterinary ...
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Correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders

I'm trying to establish the correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders I put into my Google Calendar. I was wondering how should the following be capitalised: John's birthday ...
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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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Is it appropriate not to capitalize “I” if i personally view it as vanity on cultural grounds? [closed]

My native language is Russian, and the first person singular pronoun in Russian is "я". No capitalization. We also have a proverb in our language (and culture), which is literally translated as: "'я' ...
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Legal Terms in Titles

When using legal terms in publication titles (for example, "Guardian ad litem Report") which words are capitalized? I have a few ideas, but have not found any authority or rationale to help me choose:...
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Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
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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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Should “by” be capitalized before the author's name on a cover page?

If creating a cover page for a draft, should the by in the following format be capitalized? Microsoft Word seems to think so, but it looks visibly appealing when it is lowercase. Underlined Title ...
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Phoenix Valley or Phoenix valley? [closed]

So, I'm working on a document that is going to go out to the public shortly and I'm hung up on this one item. The company is excited about recent growth trends in the Phoenix Valley. I'm just ...
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How to capitalize number in a persons name? [closed]

When refering to a king with a number in his name, say richard the second, how should one capitalize that. Should it be: Richard the second Richard the Second Richard The Second Or something else?...
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Proper noun capitalization. Language or Culture?

I've noticed over the years my perception of "correct capitalization of proper nouns" has been challenged, as I've interacted with more cultures and languages. For example: Days of the week, in ...
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Capitalising Contractions [duplicate]

I couldn't really find anything on this, but it has been bugging me for a while. Say for example, you have the following dialogue: 'I'll let Mr. Hall know.' If you want to emulate "dropping the ...
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Capitalization of some common nouns in English texts

I’m a French web developer who translated a web site in English by a non-native but experienced English speaker (has lived in the US and UK for 15 years, worked in English for 20 years). I just ...
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Should north, south, east and west be capitalised?

Should cardinal points be capitalised? Please give a reason why they should or should not.
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Does “Ethernet” need to be capitalised? [closed]

Microsoft Word insists that it should be but I don't know why.
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Is anything/all that replaces the name of a place supposed to be capitalized?

In my case, I want to know whether both words or either word of "The Badlands" should be capitalized. "The Badlands" is specifically what people use now instead of the real name for a place. -We live ...
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I need to know whether cedar is a proper noun needing capitalization [closed]

I have written “cedars and Rhododendrons” and wonder whether I should capitalize cedar?
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Capitalisation of pathos, logos, and ethos

Are the words "pathos," "logos," and "ethos," capitalised? I'm not sure if they are proper nouns.
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When referring to a culture, should that culture's name be capitalised? [closed]

For instance, which of these is correct? Gather and analyse Maori learner achievement data... or Gather and analyse maori learner achievement data...