I'm getting myself all sorts of confused since Google is both a proper noun and a verb. Which option is correct?

A). This time, Google "Best natural skincare lines."
B). This time, Google: best natural skincare lines.
C). This time, Google "best natural skincare lines.
D). This time, Google best natural skincare lines.

Thank you!

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    Not sure what this has to do with what part of speech google is. The question appears to be entirely about punctuation and nothing else. – RegDwigнt Nov 9 '18 at 22:21
  • "No Googling, says Google — unless you really mean it". No doubt if you use it as a verb, Google would want you to make sure you used their search engine—and that you use an uppercase G. But it's listed as a verb (in lowercase) in both Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries. – Jason Bassford Nov 9 '18 at 22:43
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    As for how to phrase the sentence, that's entirely subjective. Personally, I would likely use: "Enter the search term best natural skincare lines into Google." (Avoiding the verb and using italics for the term itself.) – Jason Bassford Nov 9 '18 at 22:44

I searched with Google for "when to capitalize google" and this article was the 4th result. The author cites the AP style guide, the Chicago Manual of style (which was the 3rd result), and Merriam-Webster.

The style guides agree that there is not a set rule for capitalizing 'Google' when used as a verb. They suggest capitalizing it since it is a trademarked name, but they're not going to come after you with torches and pitchforks if you don't.

Google's own style guide (result #5) provides this rule and clarification:

Google, Googling

Don't use as a verb or gerund. Instead, use search with Google.

In short, Google says to always capitalize it but just use it as a proper noun. The style guides recommend checking with the people giving you your paycheck/grade and follow their guidance.

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