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Should I capitalize a word from the middle of a quote if the quote and word occur at the start of the sentence?

I was writing an essay for a school assignment, when I encountered a quote similar the following: Nobody has encountered a black hole, because they're simply too far away to reach. I then needed to ...
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In a business letter, should I capitalize Marion County Business Community? Or should it be Marion County business community?

In a business letter, should I capitalize on Marion County Business Community? Or should it be Marion County's business community?
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Can capitalization be considered as a marker of definitness in proper nouns

Proper nouns are always definite (i.e. are names of people or names of places). They are also always capitalized. Does that mean that the capital letter is considered a marker for definiteness? Do we ...
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Punctuating local area names

I'm writing an informational essay that includes a description of an organization called Shepherd Community Center, and they say they work primarily in the "near Eastside of Indianapolis." I'...
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Does the word 'law' need to be capitalised? [duplicate]

I'm currently writing my personal statement for my university application in the UK. Because I am applying for courses in law (or Law?), I naturally need to use the word 'law' in my statement. Note ...
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On the capitalization of familial honorifics

We all know that Mom and Dad are capitalized when used in dialogue as a substitute for a name. But is it the same for big sister, big brother, big sis, and big bro? One example of the sentence would ...
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Capitalization for unique title and quotations trickiness in inner thought

So, I have been writing and wonder whether to capitalize the word "master." No rush here, I know that without name the word like this won't be capitalized. But if it use as a substitute for ...
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Capitalization rules for job titles [duplicate]

I am editing a document that includes sentences such as "John Doe is a Professor of English" and "Jane Doe is the Director of Public Policy." In this context, are the titles of ...
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Capitalization of official divisions of an organization

Some organizations, like sects, divide themselves into parts—usually, there are two two parts, and those parts are called "outer sect" and "inner sect". These aren't simply an ...
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Should the surname 'de Menezes' be capitalised on beginning a sentence? [duplicate]

Wikipedia (Keir Starmer's entry, the UK Labour Party Leader) has the following : Within the first few months of his tenure, Starmer upheld the decision not to prosecute the officers who had killed ...
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When referring to a specific person by title only within a specific office, should the title be capitalized?

When referring to a specific person by title only within a specific office, should that title be capitalized, as in: "XYZ University's Board Chairman and Office Manager shall provide the ...
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When to capitalize the word “the”? [duplicate]

This is regarding normal sentence case. Here are some examples: Bob got arrested by the FBI. Maybe The Crystal Method is the best band ever. Attitudes in the West are fairly consistent against ...
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How would you capitalize sister-in-law as a form of address?

I'm editing a chapter of a novel translated from Chinese, where kinship terms are often used as a form of address replacing a name. In this case, the speaker is referring to another woman as "...
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Should I say “The Trump Administration restricted” or “The Trump administration restricted”? [closed]

If administration is modifying a president should it be capitalized? Is it incorrect to say The Trump administration restricted immigration from 7 countries?
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Capitalisation of plural proper nouns

Atlantic and Pacific Oceans or Atlantic and Pacific oceans? Jackson and Smith Streets or Jackson and Smith streets? Would "ocean" and "street" in these instances take capital ...
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What's the '[sic]' in Newton's quote about standing on giants?

I was going through this Wikipedia page and came across the following section: Isaac Newton remarked in a letter to his rival Robert Hooke dated 5 February 1676 [O.S.][9] (15 February 1676 [N.S.]) ...
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Would you use single quote marks around an awarded title like 'Hottest Designer of the Year'?

The sentence is: Randi proved herself to be worthy of the title of Hottest Designer of the Year with her gorgeous designs. Does it make more sense as: Randi proved herself to be worthy of the title of ...
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Would you capitalize an awarded title like “hottest designer of the year”?

The sentence is, Randi proved herself to be worthy of the title of hottest designer of the year with her gorgeous designs. Edit: If so, I can't help but feel that single quotation marks are ...
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Captialization after a colon

Should I captialize the word after a colon if its a dependent clause? For example You are banned: violating our Terms and Services. OR You are banned: Violating our Terms and Services. Which one ...
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Is this a compound adjective, and if so, what parts of it should be capitalized in a title? [duplicate]

I am currently proofreading some documents which go by the title "Pre and Post Visit Materials". For the life of me, I can't decide whether "post visit" counts as a compound ...
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Capital After an Ellipsis

In a British/Australian English is there a capital placed after every ellipsis or are there conditional rules? For example, “Even his speech… (“P” or “p”)itched so that everyone outside his door ...
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Is Northwest the wrong spelling

I am taking IELTS exam and I was marked wrong in the following question: Preferred location: in the Northwest Apparently, the correct answer is "North-West." Notice that officially, IELTS ...
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Should a Purchase Order be capitalized as it is a noun, or can be lower case 'purchase order'? [closed]

Hope somebody can clarify? Histroically in all the contracts I have been involved with, 'Purchase Order' has always been capitalized as I thought it is a 'thing'. I'm currently engaged with a person ...
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Wording for post-graduation plans

I am sending announcements about my daughter’s graduation from college. I want to include a sentence about her post-graduation plans. Originally I wrote, Rose will pursue her master of ...
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Is there a term for using capitals mid-word (such as SmartTask and HiSuite)? [duplicate]

So far, I have only noticed capitals being used in the middle of a word in products marketed as computer applications. I wondered if there was a term for this and I also wondered if it ever occurs ...
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Capitalization of “tribe” and its derivatives in the United States

In these examples, when should "Tribe" or "Tribal" be capitalized? "This rulemaking will preempt State, local, and Tribal requirements but does not propose any regulation that has substantial direct ...
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They're ready for you, doctor/Doctor

I know that "Doctor" is capitalized when their name follows, like Dr. Watson/Doctor Watson, but what about when addressing a doctor without mentioning their name? They're ready for you now, doctor. ...
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Should Affordable Care Act be capitalized?

What is the rule for Affordable Care Act or affordable care act?
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WhAt iS tHiS kINd oF caPiTaLiSAtIOn cAlLeD? - random capitalisation or intermittent capitalisation

We have upper case and lower case in English — Letter case Examples: UPPER CASE, lower case. We have word lengthening/ word elongation. Examples: Nooooooooooooooooooooo, hiiiiiiiiiiii, ...
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Capitalization of “Gothic” as a genre descriptor

In the context of genres such as Gothic literature and Gothic music should "Gothic" be capitalized? Although names of genres are generally not capitalized, these happen to share the name of a historic ...
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If a common noun is capitalized in a title (headline-style), does it need to be capitalized in the body (or anywhere else that isn't a title)?

I work in education, and we follow Chicago for most things. We also want to down style where we can. I was wondering if I could get some clarity on this situation. For example, if an activity sheet ...
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Capitalization of for latin phrase in title case (in vitro, in vivo, etc)

I would like to use the following phrase as a title that needs to be in "title case". I'm wondering what the procedure is for capitalizing Latin phrases. Media for in vitro tissue production ...
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Interrupted quotation in a paragraph

Please help me with the correct usage of capitalisation in an interrupted quotation. For example: Alice yelled, "Get out of here." In the above sentence, the first word under the quotes is ...
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Should I capitalize this?

Usually, "Yes," "No," and "Leave me alone" were the only utterances anyone could get out of me. Should yes, no, and leave be capitalized here? thanks
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Capitalising names of eras and epochs (for example, the digital age)

Do we capitalise eras and epochs? I have seen a lot of inconsistency in usage when using the quotation mark search method on Google to find phrases in usage across a multitude of sources. My main ...
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capitalization of the word section, theorem,… if refering using both number and adjective/name

I have a question related to Capital letters in "Theorem", "Conjecture" etc, Capitalization of "Theorem 1" in mathematics papers, https://mathoverflow.net/questions/27693/...
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Capitalisation - hyphenated proper noun

I came across an organisation called Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). From what I've learned from style guides and StackExchange contributors, I understand that the second ...
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If I name my child Mathematics, will I become the father of Mathematics? [closed]

Firstly, I'm a male. Secondly, this was a troll but I took it seriously: As a proper noun (the child), yes. As a (?) noun, no. I'm not a grammarian, so my reasoning maybe flawed. I am looking for ...
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Do you capitalise words like 'Liberalism'? [duplicate]

Do you capitalise words like 'Liberalism', 'Communism', 'Socialism'? I'm presuming that such words are proper nouns because they are the specific names of ideologies. If they are not capitalised, why ...
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When creating an initialism of a country's full name, should the “o” in “of” be capitalized once initialized?

When creating an initialism of a country's full name, should the "o" in "of" be capitalized once initialized? For example, should Republic of Ireland be "ROI" or "RoI"?
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Should I capitalize Brothers?

I am writing about the Wright Brothers. If, later in the document, I shorten it to just "the Brothers", should I still capitalize brothers? It's seems that I should since I'm referring to a very ...
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Should “the Music Industry” be capitalised?

Should "the Music Industry" be capitalised? Title of my essay: Data Mining in the Music Industry
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Is it CoViD? Or COVID? Covid? How should the word be spelled?

I have seen it spelled COVID-19, but I have also seen Covid-19. In addition, I believe I have seen CoViD-19, capitalising only the first letter of each word from which it was abbreviated (for it isn't ...
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Do you capitalize (A/a)mazon the company?

"amazon" starts with a lower case letter, but usually when I see the name of a company mentioned, it starts with a capital letter like "Google," so do I capitalize it or not?
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Capitalization and hyphenation of proper noun declensions [duplicate]

I'm transcribing some speech and I came across One of the accusations that certain non-Orthodox Christians level against the Orthodox is that we worship idols. However, I am not certain on how to ...
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Unconventional capitalisation becoming the norm

Having now been involved in the writing of quite a few proposals as part of my job, I've noticed what seems to be a de facto convention: what I would consider common nouns or common noun expressions ...
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Do I need to use quotes when referring to something? [closed]

Do I need to use quotes here? You can find those terms under the separate section called “Earthquakes” later in this chapter. If no quotes are needed, must the word Earthquake still start with a ...
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Capitalisation of “co-chair” and “co-host”?

We have the title "Chair" in our organization for functions. Our Education Chair wants a person of equal help in the form of a co-chair. 1) When listing these two people in a sentence: Your new ...
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Capitalization of job position within a sentence [duplicate]

Should manager and coordinator be capitalized in this sentence? Representatives from Jonshore's corporate compliance team, package engineering, and their newly revived package testing lab will be in ...
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When to capitalize titles such as mayor (for the SAT)

Studying for the SAT I came across the practice sentence "By next month, Ms. Jones will be Mayor of Tallahassee for two years." I know that it should be corrected to "will have been" instead of "will ...

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