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Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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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 ...
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Use of “the Earth” or Earth? [duplicate]

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about my grammar when discussing planets: "Branch Technology is revolutionizing the use of 3-D printing to create architectural elements and structures that will ...
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Should the 's' be capitalized in Scholar I.D [closed]

Should the 's' be capitalized in Scholar I.D. The sentence reads as: The Professor needs to see your scholar I.D. before you proceed.
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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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Correct capitalization of “please contact our Customer Support team”

What should the correct capitalization of the following sentence be? "If there are any other issues please contact our customer support team." This is not a title or a heading, this is the last ...
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circa abbreviation after a period - to capitalize or not

I keep getting called out for not capitalizing "ca." in image captions. When I look up in Chicago Style, I see it NOT capitalized. However, when I write a caption I often make it a sort of sentence ...
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'constitution' or 'Constitution'?

If I am referring to a specific country's constitution, but not to America's, should the word 'constitution' be capitalised or not? Edit: I think that giving an example would help make my question ...
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Capitalizing lowercase names in technical writing (programming) [duplicate]

In a world of programming, there are number of tools which have purposefully lowercase names: like tmux or sed. When talking about this tools, how does capitalization work? Do I never capitalize ...
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Is there a more proper way to say letter case?

I am writing a technical documentation where I have to explain that you can name variables like "Name", "email", and "AGE". However, they cannot define another variable called "name" if "Name" is ...
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eSwatini as the start of a sentence

Swaziland has recently changed its name to eSwatini. The unique capitalization structure, similar to iPhone or eBay, is unique for the name of a country. While brand names have an established set of ...
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When should the word “Nature” be capitalized? [duplicate]

This question is similar to the question "When should the word "God" be capitalized?" but somewhat trickier, because the distinction here is, I think, more subtle than the distinction between using "...
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word for “turn to lowercase” [duplicate]

What word is used to signify "change/transform letters from uppercase to lowercase?" Uncapitalize? Decapitalize? The grammar check on my laptop suggests these words are not commonly used, or they do ...
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If a sentence starts with an 'a' should the 'a' be capitalised?

If you were to start a sentence with an 'a' would it be capitalised? Because when an 'a' is on its own its lower case. But letters at the start of sentences should be capitalised.
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Should contractions like “'til” be capitalized in a title?

Should contractions like "'til" be capitalized in a title, when in the middle of a title? What if the "'til" is the first or last word? An example of this is the album "Dog Party - 'Til You're Mine" (...
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Capitalize titles, terms of endearment?

If I have a sentence, "No, dear, you should not." which is dialog second-person, does "dear" stay lower-case? It seems so, even though you would say, "No, Father, you should not." when the father is ...
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Capitalization of “county” when used in certain context

We are working to provide support to Xxxx County in the US. We will do this, that and the other thing in support of the county/County. Is county capitalized in the second sentence?
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Capitalization with names of two streets

Is it "between First and Main Streets" or "between First and Main streets?
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Should I use “the John” or “the john” when referring to the slang phrase for toilet?

Should I capitalize the "j" in John when referring to a toilet as "the john." The same goes for lazy Susan and other words that are also names.
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To Capitalize Hell or Not? [duplicate]

To use COMPLETELY PROPER English, I've been told that Hell should be capitalized when referring to a location. For example: Go to Hell! However, does one capitalize it when it's used as part of a ...
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“thecanadianecyclopedia.com” vs. “TheCanadianEncylopedia.com”: which is better for an in-text citation?

When making an in-text citation for a website, in MLA format, do you capitalize the first letter of each word? For example: (thecanadianecyclopedia.com) or (TheCanadianEncylopedia.com)
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Which is correct: “eucharistic” or “Eucharistic”? Or is there no hard rule? [closed]

Recently I have been writing a question at https://christianity.stackexchange.com. I have noticed that browser underlines word "eucharistic". As I am neither English nor catholic, I do not know any ...
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Saint/St./St/ST in institution names in capital letters

When writing the name of an institution which is named after a saint (e.g. Univetsity of Mining and Geology St Ivan Rilski) in capital letters in an official document, should one use UNIVERSITY OF ...
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Is the internet still capitalised in 2018?

I have seen two questions about this asked in 2010 and 2011. 2010: Should the words "internet" and "web" be capitalized? 2011: Capitalization of "Internet" The answers ...
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Capitalizing Personal Titles as Substitutes for Names

[I am unable to write "Hello, English scholars" as the first line without it deleting it.] There is obvious contention between style guides on the subject of capitalizing personal titles when they ...
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Capitalization rules

Hello: in rules of capitalization, is a type of military action capitalized? such as... An emergency response requiring a Mobile Field Force response.
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Is “Pre-Raphaelite” capitalized? [closed]

Is the art term "Pre-Raphaelite" capitalized or is it spelled "pre-Raphaelite"? What is the general policy for the orthography of "pre-"? For example, The Pre‑Raphaelites emphasized attention to ...
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Why was the letter “n” in “nor” written in lowercase? [closed]

Could anyone tell me why the letter "n" in "nor" is in lowercase? Neither Out Far nor In Deep The above is a title of a poem by Robert Frost.
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Should I Capitalize Savannah Belt?

I want to know if one needs to capitalize "Savannah Belt" in the following sentence: "We are in the Savannah Belt." Is it a proper noun?
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Capitalization of a word after an ellipsis

Should I capitalize the word "don't" in the following sentence? Listen... don’t panic.
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Capitalizing Words Within a title [duplicate]

Could someone please tell me if "That" should be capitalized in the following title: Learn the Winning Formula That Ironman Triathletes Use to Create Unstoppable Sales Success
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Should the 'a' in 'agile/Agile' be capitalized? [closed]

I was discussing this topic in a chat over on PMSE and figured I'd pose it to the experts. Should the 'a' in the word 'agile/Agile' be capitalized? Specifically, when referring to the concept brought ...
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Is there a formal principle which states that THIS IS LOUDER than this?

I'm writing a school paper on linguistics and the English language and I'm curious about whether a theory exists outlining why larger words appear louder? That is, why words either of a greater font ...
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Capital letters in own defined acronyms

I am writing my PhD thesis, and I want to use the acronym "DOM" referring to "Domain Optimization Method", as I use a lot that expression throughout the document. At the moment of defining it (i.e. ...
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What to capitalize if the title is a question

If the title itself is a question, should the rules of capitalization follow those used for a sentence structure, or those for titles? Such as here, for the title of a presentation on learning to ski: ...
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Blending capitalisation and abbreviation [closed]

Is there a term that describes the process of capitalising words to identify them with an acronym? For example when writing about MS (multiple sclerosis), text can be something like "my Micro ...
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medieval, Medieval, or either [closed]

When I read about medieval history, the word is usually not capitalised, but sometimes it is. At the beginning of a sentence it always is, of course. I prefer to capitalise it in the middle of a ...
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Should I pluralize “University” in the phrase “Yale and Harvard Universities”?

I'm wondering if I need to pluralize "University" in the following sentence: "Our expert panelists, including former admissions officers from Yale and Harvard Universities, will discuss..." Should ...
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Should the word “question” be capitalised, when referring to, e.g., “question 2”?

I am writing a paper in which, in my answer to the third question, I have written a sentence which includes the clause: ", as referred to in my answer to question 2". Should the word "question" be ...
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Is it proper to use all caps for an organization name that is not an acronym?

I'm editing copy for a nine-part educational series about a non-profit organization that I will call Foo Society here. They do admirable work and I'm happy to help more people learn about them. ...
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Is “a-okay” acceptable in lowercase?

Interestingly, Merriam-Webster has an entry for "A-OK" but not for "A-okay." Most other dictionaries I have referenced have an entry for "A-okay" including Oxford Living Dictionaries, dictionary.com,...
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Should I capitalize the acronym of a word?

I would like to know how I should write the abbreviation of a phrase, or an acronym. To be more clear I give you an example: Hosch is a german word, which is the abbreviation of the name of the ...