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Questions tagged [capitalization]

This tag is for questions about the use of capital letters in writing.

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What's the reason behind this common error?

Pretty frequently, I see someone Capitalize Every Word In Their Sentences Like This; (example) after seeing it so many times I'm intensely curious just what makes it so common. It seems to be from ...
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Capital letter in the word City

When should a capital letter be used for the word city? E.g spark innovation in the city.... The city has an opportunity.... The city is growing... Would I use a capital in any of the above ...
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In American English are the following three examples good to use for colon capitalization useage?

I know that a variant of this question has been asked before, and recalled what my Creative writing teacher told me about when to use capitalization after a colon, by using the following three example ...
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Capitalization of president in very specific sentence structure

I know the general rules about when to capitalize "president" but our opinion is divided on this example. It was a headline along these lines. Trump meets new Kazakh President Nazarbayev in ...
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Using an hyphenating and en-dashing when referring to in-laws

Mother-in-law versus mother–in-law Mother–in-law (en dash) refers more directly to the person—your spouse’s mother; it is akin to saying “My in-law mother”. Mother-in-law (hyphenation) is a ...
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Do you capitalize Lake when you are referring back to proper noun Tahoe Lake [duplicate]

If I state a proper noun such as Tahoe Lake, and then later in sentence refer to the lake, do I capitalize lake when it refers back to the proper name Tahoe Lake?
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Acronyms - Uppercase, Lowercase, or either

Is there a rule on acronyms being spelled out with the first letter of each word being uppercase or lowercase? Example: interim final rule (IFR) Interim Final Rule (IFR)
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Capitalization With Hyphen in Length-Limited Title

Imagine a scenario where you had to write the following title: A Scientific Breakthrough However, you were limited in length and had to split it. Do you capitalize “through” even though the original ...
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Department or department? [closed]

I have been asked to review a document but I have a dilemma: "D" in below phrase should be capital? "It can flourish collaboration among the members of the Department"? Or job title: "The ...
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Is 'Viking' capitalised in this phrase? [closed]

'Clothe someone in a viking costume.'
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Number and Capitalization of Phrase [closed]

At work we have what we call "environments" (groups of computers, essentially). Each environment has a number (e.g., Environment 1). I maintain a list of the environments. I am unsure how to ...
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Do I capitalize course concentrations? [closed]

We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, or Crafts and a Digital Media Arts degree with concentrations in Video or Animation.
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Capital letters in product composition?

I am trying to find out why I see product composition written with capital letters, such as 70% Polycarbonate 20% Silicone 10% Thermoplastic Elastomer. Why is that? Is there an official rule or is it ...
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Conversion of all-cap acronyms to first letter only; when did NASA become Nasa? [duplicate]

The BBC will often refer to well recognized organizations named by an acronym by capitalizing only the first letter. For example, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration written as all ...
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Why is quixotic not Quixotic (a proper adjective)?

Adjectives derived from proper nouns are known as proper adjectives, and are capitalized: A piece of writing could be Shakespearean, not shakespearean. A person may be Canadian, not canadian. Even ...
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When I say 'She teaches high school English', do I use H and S as capital? (American English)

When I say 'She teaches high school English', do I use H and S as capital? (American English)
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“Battle of…” and “seige of…” capitalization

I edit a lot of military history articles, and I know that named battles use a capital "B" for "Battle", e.g. the Battle of Agincourt. However, when it's a siege rather than a pitched battle, most ...
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Is it command-line or command line and where to capitalize? [duplicate]

not sure if the word has a hyphen, and if I should write 'line' with capital letter if it does.
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Hyphens and capitalization [closed]

I am editing a document. The writer used the hyphenated form of "Company-Wide" in the article title. Note that the writer bot only hyphenated the word; the writer also capitalized "Wide." Is this ...
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capitalisation of 'mum' [duplicate]

Which reference to 'mum' in the following text shouild be capitalised, and which not capitalised? I'm confused... ................................................................... What? Did you ...
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When referring to the British Empire, should the 'e' be capitalised?

When referring to the British Empire, or any empire with a specific title, should the 'e' of 'empire' always be capitalised? If so, does the rule also apply even if only 'empire' of full 'British ...
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Capitalization of “you are here” on maps?

I understand that capitalization "rules," aside from capitalizing the beginning of a sentence and so forth, are less steadfast rules and are more (somewhat arbitrary in my opinion) style guidelines ...
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Should the plural form of “daphnia” be used if there is more than one?

For my science fair, I am confused on if I should write, "daphnia", "daphnias", or "Daphnia" regarding to the species, especially multiple of them. Is there a certain time to use the word in upper ...
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Correct capitalization when starting a sentence or headline with a parenthesized word

What is the correct way of capitalizing the following sentence? (Most) people are good. Should people also be capitalized? Or is it incorrect that most is capitalized? Finally, does the same ...
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Should DevOps be in pascal case?

What are your thoughts on the word DevOps? Most big brands in the field (Atlassian, Puppet) use pascal case for all instances of the word, even if it's in the middle of a sentence, as in: "The concept ...
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Do you capitalize yakuza?

When referring to the infamous Japanese criminal organization, which sentence would be correct? The yakuza member picked up his glasses, scooped some of the jewelry and loose change into his ...
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Capitalization and hyphenation of proper name derived from a number sequence

I'm writing a sci-fi novel in which humans travel to a nearby star known by the catalog number Gliese 892, where they encounter a sentient species. Listening to numerous videos about such stars, it ...
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Capitalization - Students with Disabilities

In a section, I am writing using statistics including Black, White, and Hispanic. In the same section, I also reference a statistic for Students with Disabilities. Should Students with Disabilities ...
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After starting a sentence with a name, do you capitalize the next part of the same sentence?

For example, in the case of the following sentence, do you capitalize the "Good Morning!" and the next part "It..."? Mr. Smith, Good Morning! It was a pleasure meeting you the other day. Please ...
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Capitalizing a word mid-sentence

I am creating an ad for a newspaper and want to emphasize a word. Can I use a capital for the word and follow with an exclamation point in the middle of a sentence? Here is what I am saying: CRC ...
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Should Chartered Accountant be capitalised in a professional profile or CV

I regularly prepare professional profiles for a client to use in proposals and on their website. They work in a sector where excessive capitalisation is endemic, so I often have to explain my reasons ...
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Capitalization of titles in an essay where the original work does not capitalize its title according to style (MLA)

In my essay (MLA), I talk about Kendrick Lamar's album titled good kid, m.A.A.d city (stylized like that). Which of the following ways would be the correct way to title my essay: Kendrick Lamar's ...
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Can the word “staff” be written with capital S?

Can I use capital S in the sentence below? The word staff refers to a unit. The Board of Directors and the staff of x company wish you a happy and peaceful New Year! Thank you!
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Chemical elements spelled out are not capitalised but what about Natural Gas?

A quick google shows that natural gas is generally capitalised whereas the rule for chemical elements seems to be that they are not. I am writing a text that includes Natural Gas (I cannot replace ...
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Using capital case on every word of a title [duplicate]

I have to write a post for my college website and it is the format of a "listicle". An introduction followed by short paragraphs with each paragraph getting a heading. My question is regarding these ...
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How to emphasize the word I in a sentence?

So usually if I want to emphasize a word in a sentence (casual conversation not professional writing style) I'll capitalize it. Or maybe bold if that formatting option is available. But the word "I" ...
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Capitalization of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

An epithetical question: Should ALL of Rudolph "the red-nosed reindeer" be capitalized? Why or why not, and where do we draw the line? This was inspired by some seasonal discussion on this question ...
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Should repeated words after an ellipsis be capitalized?

I've searched everywhere, including questions about whether to capitalize after a stutter (no), capitalize after an ellipsis (no if it's a continuation of a sentence, yes if it's a new sentence), but ...
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Capitalize name of document section when used in text sentence?

I file briefs with appellate courts. Each brief has a section called a "Table of Contents" and one called a "Table of Authorities," where the "C" and the "A" are capitalized because those phrases are ...
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Proper noun capitalisation: “The Union” or “the Union”? [duplicate]

When capitalising a proper noun that has a “the” prefix, should the “the” be capitalised? Eg: “This puts the Union at risk” or: “This puts The Union at risk”
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To capitalize, or not to capitalize inside the quote

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 ...
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Should I use a capital letter after a code example? [closed]

I often write documentation related to code and it is normally in a similar format to the following: You will be able to run this code: <code> <moreCodeyStuff> .....
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POW, MIA and KIA

When should you use title case? Why would anyone use title case in these sentences? He was a Prisoner of War (POW). OR He was a prisoner of war (POW). He was Missing in Action (MIA). ...
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Why is “State” spelt with a capital, but “federal” is not? [closed]

They both mean the same noun, yet one is spelt with a capital?
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When do you capitalize a reference to a specific instance of a general concept?

This question generally pertains to the legal context in the US. Reviewing this page I gather that capitalization is used to refer to a specific instance of an item whereas capitalize is not used when ...
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Capitalization of letters from non-Latin scripts in English

I couldn't find any clear rules/guidelines regarding this, so I'm asking the question here: If an otherwise English sentence begins with a word that is written in non-Latin script (e.g. Greek letters),...
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Hardware Modes: Prepositions, Articles, Capitalization

I have a lot of uncertainties regarding how to address hardware modes, when it comes to computers, cell phones, circuit boards, etc. Google provides all kinds of contradicting thoughts and answers ...
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When do you need to capitalize “the” in the name of a journal?

I am writing an article and it just occurred to me that I do not know if I need to capitalize "the" in the name of a journal, be it in the reference section or when written in text. I am using APA ...
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When is 'Old Man' capitalized, if ever?

Not really a nickname so it doesn't have the clear cut proper noun usage. I believe when referred to as a third party it wouldn't be capitalized, e.g. "My old man is turning 70 this year!" But how ...
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Are there any guidelines for proper use of “creative” capitalization within in a technical report?

I am trying to edit a report that seems to have a lot of common nouns capitalized. My job is to edit for consistency of this style, which I am not familiar with. Does anyone have experience with what ...