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Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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Should I capitalize the abbreviation for a unit of measurement?

I'm creating a table in which everything in the columns are being treated like titles- "Suggested Serving Size," "Flavor of Yogurt," etc. So how do I deal with this one- "Profit per 16 oz. Container"...
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'in" word in title - Should it be written with a capital letter? [closed]

I'm developing an iOS app. At one of my screen the titles should be: "4 videos in total" (intentionally lowercased). What would be the right way to write it: 4 Videos In Total 4 Videos in Total 4 ...
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Should “people of color” be capitalized? [closed]

In Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation, the term "people of color" is repeatedly capitalized, though the names of other protected classes are not: Meanwhile, in order to uphold the ...
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Would it be i-Kiribati or I-Kiribati? [closed]

So the demonym of Kiribati is "i-Kiribati". Apart from being cool, what is the correct way of writing this? Would it be a capital "I" all the time? eg. "I'm an I-Kiribati" or would it be a small "i" ...
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Two Questions: Capitalization After Colon; Syntax and Punctuation [closed]

Before I begin, I just want to mention that my first question is not a duplicate of Should the first word after a colon be capitalized? The accepted answer to the aforementioned query states that “[i]...
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No capital letter in the beginning of a sentence? “… particles. de Broglie was able to show that …” [duplicate]

I encountered the following text (from a textbook): "... particles. de Broglie was able to show that ... " Is it correct to make an exception from the rule of a capital letter in the beginning of a ...
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Using small letter after a period [duplicate]

Is the second sentence correct? This is a dummy sentence. interk is the best service provider. Here "interk" is the name of a service provider, which is registered with first letter small.
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How to stylize specialist domain terminology [closed]

So I'm a software engineer and I was recently writing some documentation about an application. Said application has some functions/classes/etc whose names are overloaded with common English words and ...
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“Master's of Early Childhood Education” or “master's in early childhood education” [closed]

Is the capitalization and my use of an apostrophe okay in the following sentence?: I am a part-time college student seeking my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.
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When a word is both a common and proper noun, how do you use it as a cultural modifier?

I am writing a piece on Kandi Kids, the name for a specific rave culture. "The Kandi Kid community..." (Proper noun.) "She gave him a piece of kandi." (Common noun.) "They saw two young ...
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Are the names of machine learning algorithms capitalized? [closed]

I am editing a paper on machine learning techniques employed to predict study outcomes and I am not sure if the machine learning techniques should be capitlized or not. Consider the following examples:...
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To capitalize or not to capitalize “southern” California [duplicate]

Is it "southern California" or "Southern California?" The word "southern" is not part of the official name of California or any city or county, so I never capitalize it. It only loosely defines a ...
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Is the Title of a Chapter of a Book a Proper Noun? [duplicate]

If a proper noun is a name that identifies a particular person, place, or thing (Oxford Living Dictionary), then is the title of a chapter such as 'The Hen and the Hare', or 'Chapter Three: The Hen ...
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Should I capitalise 'God' in the saying 'He's playing God' or not?

Should I capitalise 'god' in the saying 'He's playing God' or not? I looked at an old thread about capitalising 'god', but didn't see mention of this particular saying. At the moment, I think I ...
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Capitalization rules concerning historical time periods

What are the capitalization rules concerning historical time periods? For example, how would I write: post-classical Europe Is it: "post-classical Europe" "Post-Classical Europe" "post-...
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Please tell me if president should be capitalized here [duplicate]

So when I was promoted to president of the club, I took the opportunity to introduce new events. From my experience as president of Pre-med Club, I can confidently say that leadership is about ...
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How should I write this: “Hello, Gloom!” he greets. or “Hello, Gloom!” He greets

I am writing a poem in which I personalize Perfection and Gloom. I am confused on whether I should capitalize he or leave it uncapitalized as it's one sentence. It confuses me because I also want ...
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Should apartheid be capitalised?

In an attempt to prevent an edit war over on Skeptics.SE, I'll defer to here. Which is preferred - or are both correct?: Was South Africa better run during apartheid? or Was South Africa ...
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Is it really grammatically incorrect to say: “I use the computer to study chinese”? [closed]

Using Duolingo, it marked my answer as wrong. Says it should be “I use a computer to study chinese” saying “the computer” is wrong and should be “a computer”
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Question marks and multiple clauses between em dashes? Capitalization?

Suppose a sentence like this: The same museum guard I foiled last month was stomping over. Evidently, something about my disguise didn't pass muster — maybe it was the wig — but I managed to cut a ...
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Should I capitalize the cardinal direction in phrases like 'western Chicago' and 'northern Sumatra'? [duplicate]

To the best of my knowledge, we should capitalize cardinal directions in phrases that refer to a region commonly referred to by that phrase; for example: Eastern Europe and Western Hemisphere. ...
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Capitalization of all the words of a list item? [closed]

I saw already similar discussions about lists, but they do not quite answer my question, which is the following: In a table, can or should all the words of items be capitalized, like it is done for ...
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Capitalization in 18th Century English [duplicate]

I have often wondered about the (seemingly) arbitrary capitalization of words in 17th & 18th century English, and again today, came across this quote by Edmund Burke in Sylvia Nasar's Grand ...
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When did all-caps formatting come to indicate shouting?

A question on the History stack discusses when all-caps formatting came to indicate shouting in digital text, the answer being that such formatting has been interpreted to indicate shouting long ...
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Do you capitalize counties in this sentence? [duplicate]

Do you capitalize "counties" in the following sentence. Sebastian and Forrest counties are represented.
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Should titles containing “something-based” use a capital B? [duplicate]

Two example papers are: Xiong et al., Sub-Sentence Division for Tree-Based Machine Translation, 2009. Xu et al, Enhancing WiFi-based Localization with Visual Clues, 2015. One uses "Tree-Based"...
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Should I use capital letter in scientific tests for refering sections? I.e. Section 1.2 or section 1.2? [duplicate]

The question is simple, should I write "In this section..." or "In this Section" "In this chapter..." or "In this Chapter" ?
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When to capitalize a registered profession?

I understand the rule to capitalize a profession (i.e. job title) when it is precedes a name, as in President John Doe... but what if we are talking about titles in general. I am working on a ...
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Do you capitalize commonly-lowercased titles at the beginning of a sentence?

Sometimes titles are made lowercase to achieve some desired effect. The musical artist gnash, his song "i hate u, i love you", as well as any of the people on this page are some examples. When ...
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Use of an incomplete sentence as a footnote

Can a footnote be an incomplete sentence? For example, a footnote for "Pharaoh" says, "The Egyptian king during the time of Prophet Moses." If so, should "the" be capitalized or not?
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“Adidas (brand) Superstar Boost (shoe name) Shoes” or “Adidas Superstar Boost shoes”?

Whenever I want to write the name of a brand's product, do I also have to capitalize what the item is, like shirt or hat? Did you buy the new Supreme Polartec Pullover Shirt? Did you buy the new ...
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Name for making the first few words in a chapter small caps?

What do you call the style of making the first few words of a chapter (or book, article, etc.) uppercase? Here is an example from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: To clarify, I'm not talking ...
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Are line references capitalised? [duplicate]

When I write, I treat references as though they are proper nouns; for example, Chapter 10, Section 10, Line 10, Page 10. (As opposed to chapter 10, section 10, line 10, page 10 - no capital letter.) [...
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Is it necessary to capitalize the surname if it is used in isolation from the rest of the name (if it is not capitalized within the name itself)?

On the Wikipedia page for Guillermo del Toro, whenever he is referred to as solely "del Toro" (and the name's not at the beginning of a sentence), the "d" in the name is not capitalized: On May 30, ...
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How would you capitalize “on-the-fly” and “one-sided” in titles?

I am studying computer science and the title of my thesis contains the hyphenated words "on-the-fly" and "one-sided". I am not sure about how to capitalize them correctly. I have found an article ...
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Are the names of historic events treated as proper nouns?

When writing about famous events, how are they capitalised? As a proper name? It is obvious that World War 1 and the Second World War are capitalized. But what about, for example, the Cuban Missile ...
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NOT DUPLICATE: “president” vs “President” – has there been a change in what is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Despite the clearly partisan claims of people who don't like the current President, this question is NOT a duplicate. I have been seeing more and more the word "President" being used without ...
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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 the modal verbs be written in lowercase or uppercase in a title? [duplicate]

Let us take this title for example, " The Cars should Be sold in Three Years". If lowercase or uppercase rules are from the Chicago Manual of Style, the word should is lowercase or uppercase? I have ...
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HP Lovecraft's “A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson” - Seemingly random capitalization in a sentence [duplicate]

Mr. Lovecraft writes, "indeed, 'tis frequently by means of such Recollections that the obscure occurrences of History, and the lesser Anecdotes of the Greats, are transmitted to Posterity." Why ...
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Capitalization of multi-word geographical feature (river basin)

I understand the stylistic rules for capitalizing the word "river" in a place name, but I can't seem to find any consistent guidelines on whether to capitalize the word "basin" when it follows an ...
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Should the first letter in a sentence be capitalised when it starts with a lower case name? [duplicate]

Some names are lowercase for example names of programs like grep, ls and vi. If any of these names starts a sentence, should the first letter be capitalised? Linux has many nice programs. vi is a ...
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When to capitalize the abbreviation [closed]

I'm writing a technical document about Linux and I wonder if I should type "tty driver" or "TTY driver" ? Which one, if any, is right and what is the general grammatic to follow in these cases? My ...
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Hey, Man or Hey, man [closed]

Should this sentence be "Shit, Rick, Man." Or should it be, "Shit, Rick, man." I am aware the sentence isn't great but please humour me! Also is it, "Hey, man!" or "Hey, Man!" Thanks
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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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Is the object in “Eighty-six forty-five.” a proper noun?

The object in the sentence "Eighty-six forty-five." refers to the 45th president of the US, as in Bush 41 vs. Bush 43. The meaning of the verb eighty-six – eject, bar, reject, discard, cancel (...
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Should I use “the queen” or “the Queen”? [duplicate]

I know to capitalize a title when used with the name, i.e. Prince John, and not if it is general - "any prince will do." But if Queen Eleanor has been identified and I write as "the queen" in the same ...
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Should “hens” (as in a hen party) be capitalized?

"Love from your hens" or "Love from your Hens". Unsure of weather to capitalize the word hens when discussing a group of girls from a hen party.
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Should “Share your magic with the Universe” capitalize Universe?

Is "the Universe" considered a proper noun and should it be capitalized when used in the phrase "Share your magic with the Universe"? The IAU Style Manual recommends that astronomical objects be ...
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Is capitalisation required for quoted speech after 'He said that…'

I'm confused as to whether or not I need to start quoted speech when following 'He said that'. The sentence is, 'He said that 'Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat.' ...