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Capitalizing “From” in Titles [closed]

I know that prepositions should be in lowercase in titles. I've tried using an online title converter to check this title: "Upgrading To 6.0 From 5.8". The result was: "Upgrading to 6.0 From 5.8"! ...
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Is there a way to say capital letters?

Say when I'm reciting a password to someone I say something like: capital a b capital c d capital e Is there any way to pronounce upper case letters without having to say capital in front of the ...
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Capitalisation of 'business domain objects' in sentences [closed]

I'm a developer that's building a piece of software. There are several 'business domain objects' in our application -- e.g. 'user', 'account', 'invoice' and 'client'. Is it defensible to title-case ...
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Making all-capital words plural [duplicate]

Sometimes when I am doing technical writing I need to pluralize all-capital words, such as RAM. I find myself vacillating between using RAMs and RAM's. Neither one sits well with me, RAMs because it ...
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Unit of Study Titles

Should a particular unit of study be capitalized? Ex. During the transformations unit, I learned.... OR During the Transformations unit, I learned.... Thanks!
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How to structure the speech of one character when it consists of two linked but independent phrases

If you were writing a quote structured like this... 'You were right Izzy!', said Ted, 'there is something we can do.' … would be correct to have a fullstop after 'Ted' and a capital letter for 'there'...
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Capitalization after colon in references

While proofreading my references, I frequently come across titles such as "Wisdom of crowds: the value of stock opinions transmitted through social media". It is not fully clear to me whether the "...
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Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word Bible?

Just in the past few months, I've been coming across the word bible as a lowercase word. I'm not talking about the word as used in, say, "the fisherman's bible," or such similar uses; rather, the ...
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Capitalizing “The” in styles of nobility

In a book I helped proofread, the author capitalizes the definite article sometimes in titles of nobility. For example (slightly anonymized): “I am The Lady Jane Doe, daughter of the The Duke of ...
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Are dialogue tags after a question capitalized?

When writing dialogue and dialogue tags, I have always asked myself if the tag is a complete sentence. If so, I use a comma and lower case such as: She said, "Bob." "Bob," she said. "She said" isn't ...
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Open Enrollment Period / Special Enrollment Period (Health insurance)

Should Open Enrollment Period and Special Enrollment Period be capitalized? Did some search on this and there seems to be inconsistencies with its use. Some would have it capitalized and some would ...
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Should I capitalize “corporate communications” if it refers to a business department?

If I say "In November, corporate communications rejected the proposal," should I capitalize "corporate communications" if it refers to a team or department? Does this vary by style guide? I've tried ...
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Exceptions in Capitalising Definite Articles in Proper Names

I know that when dealing with proper names, there are some exceptions, e.g. The Hague, that the definite article 'the' before the names needs to be capitalised, as mentioned in an earlier post here (...
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Should informal titles such as the “Father of modern physics” be in title case?

How should text containing descriptions such as the following be formatted? He was dubbed as the father of modern physics. Should "father" "modern" and "physics" be capitalised? Should there be ...
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How does uppercasing work in poems in English? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker and my education on English poetry is non-existent. I recently run into Shakespeare Sonnet 116 (reading the book The Elements of Eloquence) and I'm confused by the use ...
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Do I always need a capital letter after an exclamation mark? [duplicate]

Do I always need a capital letter after an exclamation mark or a question mark? I'm bilingual with french, and, especially in older works, I've often stumbled upon exclamation marks or question marks ...
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DO we capitalize algea names like chlorella

I have searched on chlorella on google books and many do capitalize it "Chlorella", and many don't. I have decided to go with not capitalizing the first letter, but a client came back to me saying it'...
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Punctuating dialogue interrupted by speaker?

When a speaker briefly interrupts their own dialogue, then resumes in the same paragraph, how do you punctuate the interruption? I know that, when it doesn't halt speech (i.e. dashes outside quotes), ...
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Why are some of the words capitalized even though they do not refer to God or something Godly?

I am fairly new to poetry and I understand from the Bible that something related to God/God is usually capitalized. Why is it that in the Milton's poem, When I consider how my light is spent, the ...
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Does “Administration Office” need to be capitalized?

If I start an email with "Dear, administration office" do I need to capitalize A and O, as in Administration Office. Thanks!
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Should the noun “community” be capitalised in the following example?

When posting questions on forums such as this one, I usually start with a simple greeting such as "Dear community" and I would like to ask whether "community" should be capitalised in this example. ...
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Capitalization of “the” beginning a proper noun [duplicate]

When should "the" be capitalized when it begins a proper noun? There are some proper nouns that seem to have their leading "the" included as part of their name/title. For example, The Real ...
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Capitalization of “X amount” of something

Which of these is correct? We need to buy X amount of hamburgers. We need to buy x amount of hamburgers.
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capitalizing in a list of enclosures

What is the proper way to list items in letter enclosures or email attachments? As I understand capitalizing after colon in "Enclosed" for example would only be necessary if the list included proper ...
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Use of em dash to separate different speakers in a quotation(s)

Suppose there are three characters, each saying something different outside of a room and you are listening to them from inside of the room. What is the correct way to punctuate the following using em ...
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Distinguishing lowercase proper nouns in paragraphs

I'm writing a case study about a client whose name is completely lowercase. How do I differentiate the client's name from the rest of the text, making it clear to the reader that it's a proper noun? ...
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Is A Particular Type of Corrosion a Proper Noun?

There is a particular type of corrosion called 'stress corrosion cracking'. Is this a proper or common noun?
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Why is 'Parliament' spelt without a capital sometimes?

e.g. "To provide an accurate, substantially verbatim account of the proceedings of the parliament and its committees..." https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Search?q=&expand=...
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Chicago Manual of Style Headline-Style Capitalization

In the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, §8.159, the following rules are given (among others) for headline-style capitalization: Capitalize the first and last words in titles and subtitles ...
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Is the title of a course capitalized if it has no specific name?

Do the names of classes remain without capitalization if they are the simple names of subjects and not specific course titles? The example that I am looking at is: "She asked a question in calculus, ...
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Capitalizing the first letter of each word in letter greeting [closed]

I have searched for an answer on the site, but all the questions I have found (e.g. this one) seem to be less general. Assuming that I'm writing a cover letter to join a team working on a project ...
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Capitalization of Attorney General Office

I understand that "attorney general" by itself should not be capitalized but capitalizing attorney general should be done if it is accompanied by a name (e.g., Attorney General Stewart). But how ...
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Should terms like “Googliness” be capitalized?

Googliness is a neologism whose meaning has been roughly idenfied as possessing: ...Attributes like enjoying fun (who doesn't), a certain dose of intellectual humility (it's hard to learn if you ...
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Is the Earth a proper or common noun? [duplicate]

I guess the website got this wrong. It says that the Earth is a common noun. In my view it should be a proper noun. Please see the screenshot. The earth moves round the sun. • Earth is ...
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When you have a series of questions, should you capitalize the first letter of each question?

When you have a series of questions, should you capitalize the first letter of each question? Example: How should this strategy be developed? how can the political decision-makers and those who ...
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Capitalisation of establishment

I've read several pieces about capitalisation of the word 'government' in different scenarios, but how about with the word 'establishment,' as in "the British establishment of the day condemned the ...
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Does the word “uzi” need to be capitalized?

"Uzi" is not contained in any Scrabble® dictionary that I can find online. I am assuming that the Scrabble® powers that be are treating it as a proper noun. However, after reading the Wikipedia ...
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Capitalization/Proper use of apostrophe for omitted letters at start of quotation

Suppose I have a character who can’t pronounce the letter b, and I have him start a sentence with “bananas” in dialogue. Is this correct, using a single quotation mark in front of a pointing away ...
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Why is ‘Earth’ often spelt with a lowercase e, even when referring to the planet?

The word earth has several meanings; the most central one is ‘soil, dirt’, that thing we walk on when we’re outside. It’s also used as a name for the planet we live on. The Lexico definition for this ...
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Capitalization question

Wondering if I could get some advice. Should I capitalize the 'f' in British football? Any advice? Thank you
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Should we write ethnic names in capital latter? [closed]

For example. Some japanese consulates distribute visa for jews during WW 2 Or Some Japanese consulates distribute visa for Jews during WW 2 What's the rule? Here the word Japanese works as an ...
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Should you capitalize incomplete proper nouns?

In my book, a character is falling asleep while trying to speak, so is having trouble getting her words across. She says "Aley and Om" (Ashley and Tom). Should "Aley" and "Om" be capitalized?
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Should the names of methods, processes or roles be capitalized?

A question concerning capitalisation to calrify ambiguity as I've seen the words variously capitalized. Should the names of methods, processes or roles be capitalized? ( f. ex. Agile method, Sprint ...
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How to reffer to Planet Earth using just “Planet”?

Could you please advice should i add 'the' before planet when referring to our planet Earth? And should the words "the" and "planet" be capitalized? So is the sentence written in the following way: "...
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Capitalizing prepositions in abbreviations?

I've been in the belief that we shouldn't capitalize the prepositions in titles or abbreviations until I started working in a company, where most of the colleagues are American. When they say "Out ...
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Should “This” be capitalized in title case?

I have read that short words – that is, those with less than five letters – should not be capitalized. However, online sentence-to-title case converters capitalize the pronoun/adjective "this". What ...
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Why is the “I” in “Indigenous crisis” capitalized?

This is from today's Guardian: I am wondering why the newspaper capitalized the "I" in "Indigenous". According to Lexico, indigenous is spelled with a lowercase letter
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Which should be capitalized | Resume

I'm wondering if the words in this list which describe my university coursework should all be capitalized, or just the first word? If its relevant, these are NOT the actual name of the courses. But ...
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A question of case when referring to a floor or level of a building

Can someone please confirm whether the word should start with a capital or not when when the it is used in this context... "We are moving to Level 6, 555 Smith St" or "We are moving to Floor 6, 555 ...

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