I'm not sure how many people share this experience, but I've personally grown up being taught to spell the seasons with a capital heading, e.g. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

Yet, when I type the seasons with a capital in Microsoft Word, I'm given the blue squiggly line under them, telling me to use spring (or summer, autumn, winter).

Have I been taught incorrectly, or is this a MS Word error?

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    grammar.about.com/od/punctuationandmechanics/a/… Read point no.15
    – Invoker
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 6:50
  • It's a style issue. I can recall in about 3rd grade (ie, a long time ago) that we were taught that "Autumn" was capitalized but "fall" was not (nor was "winter", "spring", or "summer", IIRC).
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 22:58

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Seasons are not capitalized. There are only a few exceptions, off the top of my head:

  1. When used as a proper noun (I.E. The Summer Olympics).
  2. When used in a title (I.E. A Guide To Spring Cleaning!).
  3. Or, obviously, at the beginning of a sentence.

Cheers :)

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    Capitalisation is perfectly correct according to British English. American English uses -ize instead -ise like- organize vs organise, realise vs realize. You will get underlind -ise if you set keyboard layout to be English(US)
    – Invoker
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 7:02
  • @Invoker I wasn't aware. Edited post. Sorry dk123!
    – njboot
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 7:23
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    Thank you for all the comments. Good to know there are people to help out when you have questions :)
    – dk123
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 7:44

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