I am writing a paper in which, in my answer to the third question, I have written a sentence which includes the clause:

", as referred to in my answer to question 2".

Should the word "question" be capitalised in the above sentence? It feels as though "Question 2" is sort-of a proper noun in this context.

Of course, if I were setting the paper and listing the questions, I would always capitalise "Question 1", "Question 2", etc. However, this would be partly because these would begin a partial sentence and so be capitalised on that basis. This seems a subtly different situation.

  • Have a look at some examples (make sure the examples are otherwise well-constructed) on the internet. I'd say this is just a style choice, and you'll find both styles being used. Mar 3, 2018 at 13:08
  • I agree with Edwin. // My personal preference would be to capitalize. Also, since this appears to be a homework assignment, I'd say, save the agonization for work you're going to publish. Mar 3, 2018 at 15:03
  • @aparente001 actually not a homework assignment at all. Just a form. Mar 5, 2018 at 10:58
  • @Statsanalyst - I would capitalize. I would use the lower case version in a sentence where I'm talking about a question in general. Mar 5, 2018 at 12:38
  • I think you guys seem to making up a new rule and even Edwin's pushing it… If you're referring to a previous instance, quotation will justify the capital. Otherwise, why, exactly, should "question 2" take a capital? D'you also suggest "town 2" or "thing 2" even "person 2" should take a capital? Mar 12, 2018 at 19:49


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