Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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What is the preferred way to write “with a capital [letter]” kind of phrases?

In written text, which of these is correct: That boy is crazy with a capital C! That boy is crazy with a capital 'C'! That boy is crazy with a capital c! That boy is crazy with a capital 'c'! That ...
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Should I capitalize “all” in titles? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a title "full legal names of all sellers" Should I capitalize it as a) Full Legal Names of all Sellers or b) Full Legal Names of All Sellers ? I have doubts as "all" is not a ...
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Should terms such as “customer” or “owner” be capitalized in a proposal letter?

When writing a proposal letter for a price quote in the construction construction industry, is it correct to capitalize terms such as customer/owner/client? Many estimators tend to do so, but it doesn'...
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The Southern US, or the southern US? [duplicate]

To my understanding, specific geographic regions are always capitalized. For example, Southern US is proper because it is a specific region. However, a co-author argues that southern should not be ...
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state, meaning “government”

Should "state" be capitalized when it refers to a national government? I am editing documents about censorship written by native Chinese and they frequently use the term "the State" to refer to the ...
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Hands-on or Hands-On in a title [duplicate]

Is both parts of the hypenative word Hands-on capitalized in an ad with bullets.
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Can the ambiguity in the sign be removed while maintaining capitalization?

In a recent online BBC News item there is a photo of a warning note. The problem here is that the acronym for Information Technology is also a word. Is there any way to write this without ambiguity ...
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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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Capitalization when referring to two titles jointly

Is the combination of the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen and the Task Force on Techno-Economic Issues either (a) the task forces on reactive nitrogen and techno-economic issues, or (b) the Task ...
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Capitalize first word of a string within parentheses which is also a full sentence?

I have a sentence containing a parenthetical which is itself a full sentence. Do I capitalize the first word of the part in the parentheses? Example: The value is estimated by correcting the image ...
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“I visited Dan, the Doctor” or “I visited Dan, the doctor”?

My son brought home his 1st Grade homework... I seem to think the 1st sentence is correct.... Which sentence is written correctly? I visited Dan, the Doctor. I visited Dan, the doctor. Any help ...
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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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The Amazon and The Sahara

I was trying to find a definitive source on whether or not to capitalize "rainforest" when it follows "Amazon" in the Amazon rainforest. Wikipedia seems to have it not capitalized, though they ...
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title capitalization for “hands-on” [duplicate]

When using title case, should "hands-on" be capitalized like this: "Hands-On"? Or like this: "Hands-on"?
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Whether to capitalize foreign words [closed]

Are Sanskrit words or yogic terms to be capitalized or italicized within the body of an English text?
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Capitalization of “time”

Another question from the world of Charles Dickens.... In Great Expectations, the police sergeant says the following to Mr. Pumblechook: "Would you give me the Time!" I was surprised at this ...
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Olympic Games - when referred to as Games or games

Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive Games. OR Katherine Grainger is Britain’s most decorated female ...
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Music Hall or music hall

Music Hall or music hall for the general type of British theatrical entertainment, rather than any particular entertainment centre.
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French fries or french fries? [duplicate]

Yesterday I came across the following sentence, using "french" fries in lowercase, in an exercise book for non-native speakers of English: We ordered two "french" fries and two apple pies. So I have ...
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Are chapter headings and other semantically smaller parts as the title capitalized?

I found the question Which words in a title should be capitalized? Regarding the number of answers votes and also according to my personal taste I like to capitalize titles. But what exactly are ...
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Capitalising “subdistrict”, “district”, “province” or not

I write about crimes for a small local newspaper and often have to mention the location where the crime had happened. The official (translated) hierarchy used in the country I live in is province -> ...
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What's the difference between “Church” and “church” in a church's name? [closed]

I'm wondering what's the difference between "Church" and "church" in a church's name. For example, 1. God's Lamb Church (OR) 2. God's lamb church Is there any difference with or without the letter "...
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Does independence need to be capitalized? [closed]

In the sentence When Mexico won its independence from Spain, it became easier for people to immigrate to Texas. Would independence be capitalized?
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In a resume is the Director of Operations capitalized? Or is it director of operations? [closed]

The sentence is • Reported to the Director of Operations and assisted the President and Vice President on resumes to our clients, keeping an internal spreadsheet of updated jobs for five recruiters,...
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Capitals after a quotation when describing the quotation as having been heard, not said

"Yes?" she asked. Here, she has no capital, because "Yes?" is an element of the same sentence, which describes what is happening said element. "Noooo!" He fell to his knees. Here, He is ...
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Why does nickname in all caps look bad? [closed]

Someone commented my post like this, Anyways, all capital nicks look very bad. He suddenly mentioned this. Is there any general reason that nickname in all caps look bad?
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Would “communists” be considered a proper noun?

I know that proper nouns should be capitalized, but I'm not sure if "communists" would be considered a proper noun in this sentence: "They were Communists." (or "They were communists"?) Are there ...
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Capitalization of “paragraph” [closed]

When referencing a specific paragraph, should the word "paragraph" be capitalized? For example: "Read Paragraph 1" or "Read paragraph 1" Thanks!
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Should I capitalize “amazons” when I am talking about the Greek female warriors? [closed]

I am doing an essay about the amazons from A Midsummer Night's Dream and I don't know if the word "amazons" should be capitalized.
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How should Samuel Beckett's French “En attendant Godot” be capitalized in MLA?

Wikipedia capitalizes the title of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot as En attendant Godot in its original French version, which is how the title of the play is originally typeset. However, according ...
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Are the names of cocktails proper nouns?

Help me out with cocktail names. Are they always capitalized because they are proper names? For example, would I capitalize this way: "Do you prefer a Gin and Tonic or a Sidecar?" It's confusing ...
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Does the orthography of a book title matter? [closed]

In a comment I mentioned a book by its cover title name, "programming the Z80". That is also the title used on the inside front cover. However, both the spine of the book and back cover refer to it ...
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Questions about punctuation and capitalizaton of letters (mail), forms, sections, exhibits, etc [closed]

According to the Chicago Manual of Style, you shouldn't capitalize chapters, so would this include exhibits, sections, boxes (box A), and parts (part I), too? Also, would you put the names of forms, ...
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Wrote first letter of a specific course with capital letter in a paragraph, but marked as grammatically incorrect!

I have a quick question for you guys. In my resume, I wrote this: Repaired computers in the computer lab along with the instructor and team members, for current Hardware and Software course ...
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Capitalising names of geographical/tourist terms

I'm translating a series of short tourism-related texts from Croatian to English and I can't find definitive answers for some of my dilemmas: Names of waterfalls / caves / trails & word order ...
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Should words in email subjects be capitalized? [closed]

How should email subject lines be written? Like this: Question Regarding Tomorrow's Meeting or like this: Question regarding tomorrow's meeting For some reason, I would consider the latter to ...
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Determining the Role of “As” in Titles

Could you give me some tips on how to determine the role of the word “as” in titles so that I can see whether to capitalize it or not? What kind of role does it have in idioms like as is, as if, and ...
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Why isn't “stress” capitalized in “Kirchhoff stress”?

I am confused by the rules for how common nouns can be converted into proper nouns. For example the word "lake" is a common noun. Yet the common noun "lake" can be part of a proper noun. For example ...
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Greek mythology: the underworld vs the Underworld

I have just read the myth of Orpheus here. The writer used the underworld and the Underworld alternatively - not to mention the upper world and the Upper World - which made me wonder which would be ...
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Hyphens in words with prefixes like neo-Nazism

I have a question regarding the use of hyphens in words with certain prefixes. For example, Neo-Nazism Neo-Confucianism Neo-liberal are words with a hyphen, but Neoplatonism ...
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Do you capitalize “with” if it's in a company name? [closed]

I am starting a small craft business. I really like the business name I created but I'm wrestling with the capitalization. The name is "(noun) with (noun)." Do I capitalize the "with" or not? I ...
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Capitalization of Bayesianist and frequentist

I wonder how Bayesianist and frequentist are correctly capitalized. I figure that Bayesianist is spelled with a capital B (named after Thomas Bayes), yet frequentist with a miniscule f as it doesn't ...
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Which style guides recommend capitalization of headings and which do not?

Our company produces educational materials for doctors. These document are printed matter, web pages and PDF files. And our information is organized and broken down by levels of headings. I need to ...
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Capitalize question after colon or not? [duplicate]

I am wondering whether I should capitalize the first word after the colon in the following sentence: I wondered: how can I utilize knowledge of algebra to reach my goals? All resources on the ...
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Is it appropriate to capitalise “a” in the title [closed]

Is it appropriate to capitalise the "a" in the title of an article, journal, thesis and so on? I have seen both cases where "a" is capitlised and uncapitlised. I am using British English if this ...
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plant disease names upper case?

is it permissible to use lower case for the Latin names of plant diseases in the body of a text? (The cases in point here are 'sclerotinia' and 'phoma')
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Should I start democrats and republicans with capital letter or not? [closed]

I am writing an academic text, that deals with American politics. If I write about party members in congress, should I write about Democrats, Republicans and Independents or about republicans, ...
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Capitalization of wrestling maneuvers

I am currently writing a fan fiction on Wattpad. The characters meet because they are all employed by the same underground wrestling federation. Should I capitalize the names of wrestling moves, holds,...
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When naming a keyboard, key, should the key's name be capitalized? [closed]

I recently received some feedback about an error message on one of our internal applications. When a user submits invalid input, we send a message that looks something like this: "Display Name" is ...
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Is “I managed to locate the… Drugstore, was it? despite the lack of guidance” correct?

"I managed to locate the... Drugstore, was it? despite the lack of guidance" In this sentence, a rich, sheltered person is going to buy some common medicine from a 'drugstore', a term to which he is ...