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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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Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)

A word that starts with a lower-case (lowercase?) letter can be capitalized, but what is the converse action? Google has only one page in the top results that addresses this and the closest thing to ...
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Capitalisation of uncle and aunt in phrases like 'your U/uncle Bill'

I came across this e card: and the capitalisation of "uncle" just somehow disturbed me. To the point where I googled the capitalisation of "aunt" and "uncle" and I found this GrammarBook article by ...
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Is “on” part of a verb phrase in “Put Item on Hold?”

For an interface I'm working on, there's a command available to a user called "Put Item On Hold." Or possibly it should be "Put Item on Hold," since the style guide I'm using says that prepositions ...
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Would the cell theory be capitalized?

I was wondering if the cell theory should be capitalized science there is only one. also , would Pre AP Biology be capitalized? thank you so much for your time
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What definition of Earth is used in the expression “walk the Earth”?

Please see this question for difference in definitions and capitalisation of earth/Earth In the expression "walk the earth", e.g. "when dinosaurs walked the earth". Should earth be capitalised? 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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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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Should you use first word capitals for an advertising slogan used in a descriptive, adjectival way?

If you're using a slogan in a sentence to describe something in an adjectival way, should the first letters of each word of the slogan be capitalized, or not? For example: Nike has a 'just do it' ...
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Proper use of “TV”

It seems "TV" is always preferred when used as an abbreviation for "television" in informal writing, but is "tv" ever acceptable? (The capitalization seems to me to place undue emphasis on it.)
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Is it proper to skype or Skype someone? [duplicate]

At first glance, you would think the obvious answer is that "Skype" (proper noun) should be lowercase "skype" (verb), as in "Google" -- He googled his new employer. But I would consider the verb ...
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Capitalization in headlines [duplicate]

I am writing a thesis. I am aware that's a special set of capitalization rules that applies to titles. I'm applying those in my title. Do the same rules also apply to the titles of individual ...
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Is the word 'varsity' capitalized when it follows the proper name of a school and sports team?

I'm wondering whether I should capitalize the word varsity in a sentence like this one: Dalton has continued playing football since then and now plays on the Newnan High School Varsity team. In ...
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Do you need to capitalize any words that are used to refer to a specifc place?

For instance: Outside the city gates, there's a dangerous forested domain. We often refer to it as the wild terrain... We entered the specified area, the so-called "wild terrain". Do you have to ...
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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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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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Is English the only language that always capitalizes “I”? [duplicate]

Is English the only language where "I" is always capitalized, no matter where it occurs in a sentence? The other two languages that I'm familiar with don't do this. In German, "ich" is only ...
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Why are the first letters in “Generation X” capitalized but those in “baby boom” not capitalized?

In the dictionary, it indicates that "Generation X" (including "Gen X" and Gen X'er) is capitalized. Conversely, it indicates "baby boom" (including "baby boomer") is not. What is the reason for ...
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What do I capitalize in this sentence?

I'm writing a paper about the lives of aristocratic women during the Heian period in Japan and I'm wondering about how to capitalize certain nouns in this sentence: "In Heian japan, there were many ...
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Should “global south” be capitalized?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide In a context such as, The harsh realities as the result of the socioeconomic conditions plaguing the global south Should it be "Global ...
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When using the title “Webmaster” is the first letter capital? [duplicate]

Trying to clarify whether the first letter in the title of Webmaster is capitalized? I am referring to a title listing and not when used in a sentence.
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Capital letter after ellipsis

I was talking to a friend of mine over Skype, and I typed this: Ok... Now I want more pork pie. I'd like to know, should there be a capital letter after the ellipsis …? Should it be written the ...
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Military and Peerage Titles

If you are referring to a member of the peerage, I know you would capitalize Lord Matlock or the Earl of Matlock. If I am calling him the Earl and it is directly in reference to him, without the ...
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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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In formal writing, should you capitalise the word “colonies” referring to the thirteen colonies?

In formal writing (MLA format essay) when should you capitalise the word colonies? I imagine the in the phrase "The Thirteen Colonies" it would be as that is a title, but I'm not sure if it is indeed ...
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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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Do you capitalize a job title when speaking in 1st person? [closed]

Would you capitalize a job title if you were to write "As an experienced web designer".
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Are names of projects and assignments capitalized? [duplicate]

I am currently writing an essay based on an assignment called Group Diversity which is further based on a project called Charity Begins At Home. Should these be capitalized within the essay?
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How does capitalizing helps readers?

I have seen many articles' titles, with almost all words having the first letter capitalized. For example: 9 Things You Should Tell Your Boss At Your Next Performance Review Going Public Isn’t ...
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why is it “one European institution”, but “European Institutions” (with capital i) if talking about several authorities?

I found this spelling differentiation on the website of the EU commission and you can see it on wikipedia, too: "There are a range of European Institutions in Strasbourg (France), the oldest of which ...
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To “Macgyver” or to “macgyver”?

I recently came across this usage “we Macgyver…” and the use of the upper case caught my attention. I googled the word to see if it is mentioned in the dictionary; Wiktionary gave me this result, ...
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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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Capitalization of Technical Terms/Proper Nouns

There are several technical terms for which I am struggling with the capitalization, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Controller Area Network (CAN) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Advanced ...
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Should the “e” in “'ello 'ello 'ello” be capital at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

If the the sentence is started with "'ello 'ello 'ello" should the "e" at the beginning be capital or should I count the omitted "H" still and have it lower case? Because I don't want to be ...
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Would you capitalize these words: dean, vice-dean, vice-dean of external affairs, and academic council?

In this text: The Dean's Office consists of the Dean, the Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Vice-Dean for External Affairs, the Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Secretary ...
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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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Parenthetical prefix in a title: capitalize the word following the parenthetical?

For the title of a paper, I'm including a parenthetical prefix. Should the word that attached to the parenthetical be capitalized? For example, which of the following is correct? "The Migration of ...
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Which is more correct: T-shirt or t-shirt?

Can we use small letter, while writing: T-shirt? What is correct and why: T-shirt or t-shirt? Thank you.
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Do you capitalize “Cajun” if referring to cooking?

Is 'Cajun' when used as a premodifier for 'cooking' always capitalized? Why or why not?
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How to write correctly in a heading the genus and species name of a microorganism? [closed]

I have a question regarding how to write correctly the name of a microorganism in the title of my thesis when using letters in uppercase: Option A: ...BLAH...BLAH... ESCHERICHIA COLI ...
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Hellenistic Period or Hellenistic period? [closed]

Is the correct capitalization Hellenistic Period or Hellenistic period? Thank you
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How should I capitalize “on which” using headline-style capitalization?

How should I capitalize on which in the headline The Construction of Those Terms on which the Parties Agree?
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Should a proper name consisting of valid words be always capitalized?

Assuming "Information retrieval" is an official term describing a research domain, should it be capitalized in the middle of a sentence? that is, what is/are the correct form/s: I am interested in ...
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When using a numerical name to start a sentence, is the second word capitalized? [duplicate]

Example: The John could see all of the prisoners from where he sat on horseback. 321 picked up the hammer and continued breaking the stones. OR 321 Picked up the hammer and continued breaking the ...
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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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How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”?

I was always taught to capitalize the first letter of the first word in a sentence, and also the first letter of proper nouns. In the last few years it's been common for certain firms to name their ...
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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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Capitalization of “President” and “State” [of the United States] [duplicate]

We used to capitalize references to "the President" (of the US) even when his name wasn't included. And we used to capitalize "state" even when a particular state (State of California) was not ...
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Capitalization of field when mentioning a degree? [duplicate]

Is this proper usage and capitalization? University of Calgary graduate in Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering. or University of Calgary graduate in Bachelor of Science, chemical ...