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When you are writing about the seasons, should you capitalize their names?

For example, would you say:

I love the colors of the leaves in Autumn.

Or should you say:

I love the colors of the leaves in autumn.

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  • For some reason, in elementary school I was taught that Autumn is capitalized, but not the others. (I suspect this was a schoolteacher's misinterpretation of some P-ist principle.) – Hot Licks Oct 28 '15 at 13:26
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The names of seasons should be left uncapitalized. However capitalization may be used to achieve a poetic effect.

You should say:

I love the colors of the leaves in autumn.

Just like days of the week, seasons' names are kind of proper nouns; they have a temporal meaning; therefore, they should be capitalized.

  • THat may have some logic to it, but it is obviously not followed in English. – Mitch Oct 28 '15 at 13:43
  • Hi Taoufik, Good answer but please add support to why you think your answer is correct. e.g Why is season name a proper noun. Adding links to dictionary meaning is always to good practice! :) – Jony Agarwal Oct 28 '15 at 16:29

Particular seasons are temporal elements, in exactly the same way as a day of the week or a month of the year. They pinpoint a specific region of time. As such, seasons should be capitalized. However, the actual word 'season' (like any generic time period), should not be capitalized, as a particular time period is not being specified.

Examples:

In many areas, school now starts in the middle of Summer, technically. -- We're planning a trip for sometime next season.

The next tournament isn't until November. -- There is an event planned every month.

Your car will be ready on Wednesday. -- Your order should get to you in a few days.

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    Any source for this assertion? – sumelic Sep 26 '15 at 6:54

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