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Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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Correct capitalization in figure caption

I'm writing my thesis and it has many figures in it. I was wondering when I should use upper case and when do I need to use lower case in the caption. For example: Figure 23: Lateral moment vs ...
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When a quotation is interrupted by someone finishing the quotation's sentence, should the second part be capitalized?

My question has to do with the following example: “And remember to turn off the stove after using it in the mornings, and—” “Put up all the ingredients,” I finished for my mother with a ...
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Is capitalization of the personal pronoun “I” a modern thing in English? [duplicate]

In an answer to a question I asked, the user included an extract from a text seemingly written in older English. Not Old English, but definitely older English, made evident by the fact it spelled e.g. ...
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Capitalisation in texts where the title is also a concept that is referred to within the text?

I'm going to use Karpman's drama triangle as an example for my question because I can't seem to find any consistency around its capitalisation (although I'll admit I don't own the book). Say you have ...
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When referring to the capitalised version of letter in text, should uppercase or lowercase be used?

In practice, which would be correct: "Does the word begin with a capital m?" or "Does the word begin with a capital M"? In that situation I'm minded to use M, because that's what I'm referring to, ...
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Is it appropriate to capitalise 'office' in situations like 'our London Office'?

I can't seem to find any specific guidelines for this despite some Googling, but I'm aware that department names become capitalised when referring to a specific department, as do team names and so on. ...
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Should I capitalise “Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09”?

Please advise whether I should capitalise the following (in the sentence): ...Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09... Since it seems to be a description of a globally recognised phenomenon/event, I ...
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Proper use of “TV”

It seems "TV" is always preferred when used as an abbreviation for "television" in informal writing, but is "tv" ever acceptable? (The capitalization seems to me to place undue emphasis on it.)
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How to handle non-standard capitalization in formal letters

I am writing a letter to apply for entry into a graduate-level university program through my company. I am struggling on how to write the name of the company in the letter. The company's trademark is ...
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Should a note be addressed with “Hi all” or “Hi All”?

It is common to begin an email with the greeting "hi all" when the note is addressed to multiple recipients. What, however, is the correct capitalization of "all" in this context? Does it become a ...
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All-caps trademark usage. Do I have to follow the all-caps recommendation? [duplicate]

There is a trademark product that is registered with all-caps (example: MATLAB®). However, the all-caps formatting is usually considered bad practice, so the spelling with only title-caps (Matlab) has ...
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Should You Capitalize Attorney General?

I know that we should not capitalize titles in general except when in front of a name or used as a direct address or replaces a proper name (not certain of this last point). However, I cannot ...
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Should I capitalize the letter labels before nouns? For example, “person A” or “sentence B”?

Often I find myself explaining things where person A says something, and person B says something, or sentence A or sentence B is more correct. I’m used to seeing “Professor Bob” where words like “...
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Should “japanese” be capitalised when used as an adjective

Which one of these is the correct usage: 1) Your favourite Japanese restaurant 2) Your favourite japanese restaurant (being an adjective in this case, it should be in lower case)
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What is the correct capitalization for “zip file? ”

Because "zip" is not an acronym, my feeling is that it should be "zip file." However, I've seen "ZIP File" and "ZIP file" commonly. What is correct?
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Email Capitalization: “Hi Michael, please bring…” or “Hi Michael, Please bring…”

In an email, if I don't put a new line after the heading, how am I supposed to capitalize the next word? With a new line, it's straightforward: Hi Michael, Please bring the books. But ...
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Are capital letters used for terms of endearment like “Honey” and “Sweetheart”?

When writing a sentence (for a book/story) do the endearments Honey, Sweetheart, etc. get capital letters? e.g. "Are you ready, Honey?" or "Are you ready, honey?"
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Should I capitalise short phrases of dialogue in the middle of a sentence?

He chanted "activate" to activate his powers. or He chanted "Activate" to activate his powers. This question is specifically for short phrases, not entire sentences.
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Is “mom” a proper noun when it refers to multiple individual mothers?

Having read When should "Mom" and "Dad" be capitalized?, I am confused about what feels like an edge case to me. Context: A client wants to send out an email to multiple ...
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When the title is in the form of a sentence - to capitalize the words or not?

I've heard for a "rule" that you should not capitalize the words in the title of an article, when the title is in the form of a sentence. For example: Pneumonia is contagious. (As opposed to ...
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When to capitalize words such as “lake”, and when can the whole word be omitted?

Which of the following sentences are correct? "He gave two examples of large lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior." "He gave two examples of large lakes, Michigan and Superior." "He ...
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Capital letter in the word City [duplicate]

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? [duplicate]

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 biological abbreviations at the beginning of a sentence

In the beginning of a sentence, should I capitalize abbreviations such as the following: hPSC (human pluripotent stem cell) mESC (mouse embryonic stem cell) rDNA (recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid) ...
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Should the word Boolean be capitalized?

I keep second guessing myself on this one. On one hand it seems like it should because the word Boolean is derived from the name of George Boole, the inventor of Boolean logic. However, the term as ...
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Should the word “Gentile” be capitalized?

I've read some texts and versions of the Bible using the capitalized form of Gentile and others using just a lowercase version. I couldn't find any standards on its usage.
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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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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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Understanding U.S. President capitalization

I was taught at an early age in the USA that when we write about our President, we are supposed to capitalize the title in order to signify that it's on the federal level. Is it correct to always do ...
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Should one capitalise the first word in the body of a letter?

I think that most people will answer the question in the title with 'yes', and, until recently, I was one of them. However, my wife, who is not a native English speaker, does not do this; and, when I ...
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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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Capitalization of “RF” versus “dc”

In English-language papers, I often see "dc" (as in direct current) in lowercase, but "RF" (as in radio frequency) in uppercase. For example, this paper includes both usages at the bottom of page 618: ...
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Universe or universe?

When to use Universe or universe? I'm editing a document where it is "The Creator of the universe". Is it correct?
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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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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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Capitalization of plural noun given proper adjective and common adjective

I've recently come across a dilemma of whether to capitalize a plural noun, given that it's described by a proper adjective (like a place) and a common adjective (a descriptive adjective). Example- ...
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Capitalization in Austen's two Inches wide quote

What should I do with your strong, manly, spirited Sketches, full of Variety and Glow? -- How could I join them on to the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, as ...
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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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Does “Bitcoin” need to be capitalized?

Does "Bitcoin" need to be capitalized? In formal writing or informal, what is the current usage?
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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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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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Capitalization of “sister” and “brother”

I have seen the question on when to capitalize mom and dad, but I am confused why the rule would not apply equally to Brother vs. brother and Sister vs. sister. I.e., if the rule is to use capitals ...
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What is the uppercase version of “McDermott”: “MCDERMOTT” or “McDERMOTT”?

How should "McDermott" be typed in uppercase? Should the c after the M be lowercase? MCDERMOTT or McDERMOTT Which of the above is right?
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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 ...