Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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I am writing a story about my Barbie do I use a capital [closed]

I am doing an assignment and I have to say my barbie doll. Would the word barbie be a capital?
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Are you supposed to use capitalized letters when expanding an all-caps initialism in parentheses to explain what each initial respectively stands for?

Which of these two is written correctly: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
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How do you tell if the description of an abbreviation is a proper name (and thus capitalized)?

I work in tech, so I'm continually running into terms that aren't standardized in a dictionary. This is the one in question: Change Data Capture (CDC) When defining an abbreviation such as CDC, it ...
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Capitalization of the initialism “PC” [closed]

When using it as 'personal computer', should it be lowercase as opposed to other uses such as 'political correctness' which may be more descriptive through use of uppercase?
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Proper capitalization of “key user”

I'm translating a text about IT, which describes "key users", i.e. people having a deeper knowledge of a certain area (in this case IT) than others. I don't know how to ask using the formally correct ...
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Question of capitalization of a word [duplicate]

Which is correct: I have been asked by attorney Smith to inspect the documents. or I have been asked by Attorney Smith to inspect the documents.
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Should I capitalize after an exclamation in dialogue? [duplicate]

I'm trying to update punctuation in an older children's book, and I can't find an answer to my question regarding the punctuation in this passage: “Well, well! if we wait there until summer comes, ...
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For a proper noun should I use “unThingish”, “un-Thingish” or “unthingish?” [closed]

Suppose I have a proper noun: "Thing." Should I use "unThingish", "un-Thingish" or "unthingish?"
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When to use capital in hand writen postie notes [closed]

I have been wondering when I need to use all capital when writing a hand note to someone. What I refer to is generally writing on postie note. Should I be writing this in capital or follow the normal ...
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Is there any consensus on the capitalization of theories? [duplicate]

Should the name of theories be capitalized? Does this depend on convention, the particular theory itself, or whether or not it contains a proper name? I appreciate any input, thank you!
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Should we capitalize Prisoner's Dilemma and when?

Prisoner's Dilemma is a game used to study both social and economic research. You can read more on it on Wikipidia or in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Interestingly, it seems that either: ...
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Southside vs South side

OK, I need some help with something that's been bugging me. Google docs and MS docs both disagree with this, so I figured it was time to bring it to the pros: When talking about Chicago, is it: "...
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Capitalization rules of website copywriting in English

There are some buttons, popups, and dialog boxes in my website and I want to use some uppercase letters in the copywriting. Are there any rules while using uppercase letters in English. For example, ...
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Capitalization or not on fields of study in the arts

When used as the title of a course or a college major, clearly Music, Art, Theater, Dance and "The Arts" are capitalized. I find myself writing about the arts and wondering if I should capitalize ...
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Why isn't “Secretary of State” (a proper noun) being capitalized?

Why doesn't the convention of capitalizing proper nouns apply to Secretary of State, Attorney General, FBI Director, etc? In American news these days, the names State Department and Secretary of ...
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Punctuation Problems [closed]

Sentence (1) below was written by a friend. Sentence (2) is the one I fixed, by capitalizing "Salaried Exempt" and adding commas after "Exempt," "time," and "Young." Please tell if my corrections are ...
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To capitalize or not quoted text after be form

Which one is correct: According to Speechpad, transcription is "A text document that contains a transcript of everything that is spoken in an audio or video file." or According to Speechpad, ...
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To Capitalize or not to Capitalize Independence?

Should I capitalize the word independence when it is not used as a holiday? As in the following statement: In the wake of Independence in 1923, colonial administrators left the country.
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Grammatical function and capital letter [closed]

Here are 2 questions: 1) What is the grammatical function of the words 'Catholics' and 'Protestants' in the following sentence? 2) Should we put a capital letter for those two words or not? Thank ...
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Are the words “Senator” and “Representative” capitalized in a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following sentence are the words "senator and "representative" capitalized? There are many special restrictions that senators and representatives must abide by.
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Capitals in research area names of Mathematics? [duplicate]

Consider areas in Mathematics such as Percolation Theory, Reliability Engineering, Reliability Theory, Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Computer Science, Algebraic Geometry — do I write the names with ...
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Should the cardinal directions be capitalized when used as an adjective? [duplicate]

Should the cardinal directions be capitalized when used as an adjective? For example, They sailed throughout the eastern Baltic.
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Does english have complex text layouts?

I've been reading about "complex text layouts" on Wikipedia as part of an i18n review for some software that I help maintain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_text_layout The examples provided ...
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Should words like Guru , King , capitalized before proper noun [closed]

Should words like Guru , King , capitalized before proper noun? like Guru Drona, King Pandu (both from Mahabharata).
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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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Should “Creationism” or “creationism” be used in a scientific writing?

I'm editing a scientific article, and the word "creationism" is used a few times—lowercase and uppercase spellings are both utilized. I have no clue whether to use the lowercase or uppercase spellings ...
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Capitalization in military writing

The editor for a book I'm writing tells me that Delta Company should be written Delta company within the text of the story. Examples: (1) "The only thing the old man told me was get on that helicopter ...
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Lower or upper case?

Should I use capital or lowercase for a specific character mentioned in a spoken sentence? Is it therefore 'the professor' or 'The Professor' if I am referring to a known character in the story. Many ...
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Capitalisation Question Regarding Awards

I have written this sentence and am unsure whether or not I should capitalise "math" or "science". At my grade eight graduation I was presented with the Head Boy award, the math award, the science ...
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Is there any initiative or movement trying to abolish capitalization of I, nations and religions? [closed]

Certain movements and ideas would with regard to their spirit or ideology in doubt decide against stressing the individual (in favour of community), the nation (in favour of cosmopolitism) and ...
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Confusion with capitalization and hyphenation of a title

I am excited to post my first question in English StackExchange! I am working on a programming language with falls under the term of "domain-specific language". I want to use this term in the title "...
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Capitalization of Hyphenated Words at the Beginning of Sentences

Normally, when you start a sentence the first letter of the word is capitalized. What do you do with hyphenated words? Do the first letters of each hyphenated member get capitalized too? And then, by ...
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Do I capitalize “gulf” when referring to the Gulf of Mexico?

In referring to the Gulf of Mexico as "the gulf," do I capitalize "gulf?" Example: "We're going to the gulf (or Gulf) in August." I'm using the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., but can't find a ...
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Is Kelvin capitalized?

Definition of Kelvin: The kelvin is the primary unit of temperature measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the Celsius degree, which has the same magnitude. ...
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Capitalize partial reference to a title? e.g. “…at the Summer Folk Festival. The Festival is…”

Do you capitalize "Festival" in this case? For example, "She had a great time at the Summer Folk Festival. This year, the Festival featured several amazing acts, such as...". Or another example, "The ...
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In English, are words like 'English,' 'Monday,' and 'January' considered common nouns or proper nouns?

In English, are names of languages (English, French), days of the week (Monday, Sunday) and months of the year (November, January) considered common nouns or proper nouns? I know they're all ...
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Titles & capital letters

The sentence contains the phrase, 'It would have to be OK'd by The Superintendent.' My second sentence contains the phrase, ' ... being followed by the assistant manager.' I'm not sure if I should use ...
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Space vs the space [closed]

Talking about the(?) space as somewhat out of the Earth's atmosphere, should one Use article "the"? write Space or space? Thanks a lot!
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Are dog breeds capitalized?

When writing of dog breeds should they be capitalized? For example: The best breed for hunting rabbits is the beagle. Should the word "beagle" be capitalized?
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Should repeated capital letters remain capitalised?

When one wants to emphasise stress on a particular part of a word by repeating letters, if one of those letters is a capital, should it remain capitalised? For example, would someone calling out the ...
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Is the capitalization correct? …and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies

Is the capitalization correct in the bold section of following partial sentance ...and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies
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How to capitalise the first word of a sentence if it's been elided?

The example I have just come across: 'fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Or should it be: 'Fraid we don't do it that way anymore. Using either 'fraid is casual anyway because it should (more ...
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Capitalization of foreign proper nouns

Serbo-Croatian grammar requires that only the first word of a multi word name of a place or an object is capitalized. For example, "Stari most" is a name of a bridge in Bosnia-Herzegovina. If we don'...
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Capitalization of title in scientific paper [duplicate]

I'd like to use the correct capitalization of words in the title of a scientific paper. The part of the title I'm not sure about is the following: What to do with an Area? ... As far as I ...
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Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
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Phoenix Valley or Phoenix valley? [closed]

So, I'm working on a document that is going to go out to the public shortly and I'm hung up on this one item. The company is excited about recent growth trends in the Phoenix Valley. I'm just not ...
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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How to capitalize number in a persons name? [closed]

When refering to a king with a number in his name, say richard the second, how should one capitalize that. Should it be: Richard the second Richard the Second Richard The Second Or something else?
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If there is a constant reference to a particular fire department, is “fire department” capitalized?

If there is a constant reference to a specific fire department, is "fire department" capitalized?
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Capitalising Contractions [duplicate]

I couldn't really find anything on this, but it has been bugging me for a while. Say for example, you have the following dialogue: 'I'll let Mr. Hall know.' If you want to emulate "dropping the H"...