Questions tagged [capitalization]

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

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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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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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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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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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What definition of Earth is used in the expression “walk the Earth”?

Please see this question for difference in definitions and capitalisation of earth/Earth In the expression "walk the earth", e.g. "when dinosaurs walked the earth". Should earth be capitalised? I ...
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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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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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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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When should scientific disciplines be capitalized?

When writing motivation letters like SoP, or any other formal text, I don't know whether I have to capitalize sciences or areas of research. For example: I have been introduced to Neuroscience. ...
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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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Capitalizing document names

Does anyone know if I need to capitalize document names in this sentence? Created and maintained comprehensive project documentation; Business Case, Project Charter, and Project Plans. In other ...
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Should board/residential lease be capitalized?

Are the words "board lease" or "residential lease" capitalized in a sentence? I am a secretary for a school board (is that capitalized?? ha) and these phrases are very frequent. Thank you.
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Proper title capitalization of parenthesis

How should Capitalizing for example "Exit Music (for a Film)"? Usually in a title the parenthetical phrase serves as subtitle, but in this case it is evidently a continuation, accordingly "for" should ...
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Writing deadlines

I'm currently using the following date format for setting deadlines: Monday, 27 January 2014, 3 PM My questions are: Should I mention time at the beginning or leave it at the end? Should I keep ...
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Referring to two sections

What is the proper way to refer to two sections in a single sentence (in a scientific text)? In particular, should I use the word section twice, or should I use sections. If I use sections should I ...
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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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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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Would I use 'The FA' or 'the FA' in a sentence?

I'm writing a sentence that refers to The Football Association and want to shorten it to the FA, but I'm unsure whether I should capitalise the T in 'the' or not because its official name is The ...
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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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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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“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 ...
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Correct capitalization when starting a sentence or headline with a parenthesized word

What is the correct way of capitalizing the following sentence? (Most) people are good. Should people also be capitalized? Or is it incorrect that most is capitalized? Finally, does the same ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When a title is used as a common noun, should it be capitalised?

In the company I work for, we have a process called an Engineering Request, the document produced as a result of following the process is also referred to as an Engineering Request. Typically, it's ...
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When using ex. in a sentence to provide an example, should the E be capitalized?

For example: "To group your information, drill down on your columns. (ex. In a date field........)
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When did 'street', 'road', etc. start being capitalised?

Old newspapers and books seem to very rarely capitalise (and often hyphenate) phrases like "High street", "Herbert-road", and "Trusting lane". These days, we capitalise "Street", "Road", and "Lane". ...
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Capitalization of “diploma business informatics”

For an application I need to translate my resume. What is the right way spelling of my degree: 2010-2015 Diploma business informatics 2010-2015 Diploma Business Informatics 2010-2015 Diploma of ...
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Nonabelian or non-abelian?

I asked this question on Mathematics Stack Exchange (here) but I haven't had any luck so far. Allow me to copy the question: If I wanted to be scrupulous about correct spelling, is there any reason ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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,...