Should "tablet" be capitalized? Such as: "The last ten years has brought us smartphones, tablets, 3-D visual entertainment..." etc.

  • You should also say "The last ten years have...." The topic is plural, so you don't use an s-type verb. Rule of thumb: one s-type , if you get my drift. Oct 11, 2011 at 11:22
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    Or for crispness perhaps "The last decade has ..." Oct 12, 2011 at 2:16

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No. None of these are trademarked terms. A tablet PC is a type of computer. It's not a brand or model name. It should only be capitalized under special circumstances, like if it's in the title, included in a model name, or at the beginning of a sentence.

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    The Tablet is also a newspaper, so Tablets might in theory refer to several of them (maybe a bundle of copies). Oct 11, 2011 at 11:34
  • So should PC be capitalised, presumably you aren't referring to the original IBM(tm) PC(tm) ?
    – mgb
    Oct 11, 2011 at 15:16
  • Yes because it's an acronym for personal computer, which you don't need to capitalize. So, PC is capitalized. Oct 12, 2011 at 2:07

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