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How to cite an author who does not capltalize her name if you are beginning a sentence with her name

If you are writing a paper and citing works by an author/researcher who does not capitalize her name, how do you begin a sentence using the author's name?
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Should the first word after a dash used as self-interruption be capitalized?

When writing dialogue, a dash can be used to denote interruption. For example: “Hello, can I ask you about—” “No.” If a character is interrupting themself, should the first word of the ...
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Do I capitalize “sincerely” in a correspondence signature?

I've been unable to find a consensus on whether or not one should capitalize the salutation before your signature in correspondence, email or otherwise. For example: Sincerely, XedMada
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Why is “I” capitalized in the English language, but not “me” or “you”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should the first person pronoun 'I' always be capitalized? I realize that at one time a lot of nouns in English were capitalized, but I can't understand the ...
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Why Start Each Word in a Title with an Uppercase Letter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? I'm not a native speaker of English, and I've asked myself a lot why on many (most?) blogs, all words in an article’s title (...
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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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Capitalization of Technical Terms/Proper Nouns

There are several technical terms for which I am struggling with the capitalization, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Controller Area Network (CAN) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Advanced ...
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To “Macgyver” or to “macgyver”?

I recently came across this usage “we Macgyver…” and the use of the upper case caught my attention. I googled the word to see if it is mentioned in the dictionary; Wiktionary gave me this result, ...
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Are pronouns for non-universal divines (such as “Zeus”) capitalized?

When following the formal English rule of Reverential Capitals, any reference to God Almighty is capitalized, as are equivalent non-Christian entities such as "Allah" or the neo-pagan "Goddess" (and ...
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Should you capitalise “eBay” at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”? Which is correct? On the internet you can buy stuff. eBay is one place where you can buy stuff. On ...
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Should 'Today' and 'Tomorrow' be capitalised? [closed]

I always wonder whether 'today' and 'tomorrow' should be capitalised. Can anybody help me?
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Why is god, a common noun, capitalized? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should the word “God” be capitalized? I thought god is a common noun, but many people capitalize it when it is not the first letter of a sentence or a title.
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Should “japanese” be capitalised when used as an adjective

Which one of these is the correct usage: 1) Your favourite Japanese restaurant 2) Your favourite japanese restaurant (being an adjective in this case, it should be in lower case)
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Capitalizing “the” when mid-sentence in a company name?

Consider a company called: The Association of Examples Ltd. When you refer to this company, should you have to capitalize "the" when it's mid-sentence and would have been used even if it wasn't in ...
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Should “brother” be capitalized in a letter salutation?

John Smith, a member of my congregation, would be addressed as brother in face-to-face conversation. If I write a letter to him, should I capitalize this word? For example, as in: Dear Brother ...
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Should I capitalize the “G” in “God Particle” when referring to the Higgs Boson particle?

I'm researching the Higgs Boson particle and have always preferred to call it the "god Particle" or even the "Champagne Particle". But the capitalization of the "G" has thrown me off. I'm conflicted ...
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Use of caps for zip code

I would like to know which of "ZIP Code" or "ZIP code" is correct. One of our contributors has alerted me to the fact that the term is a registered name owned by the US Postal Service, but, to my ...
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How should wireless technology names be hyphenated and capitalized?

How should wireless technology names be hyphenated and capitalized? "a wireless g network"? "a wireless-g network"? "a wireless-G network"? "a wireless G network"? none of the above? Does a formal ...
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Is it proper to use capital letters in (e.g.) document names

If I am referring to a definite document, the name of which I have previously stated, is it proper to use a capital letter, and omit the document name? For example, I mention some international ...
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“Living in the South” or “Living in the south”?

The sentence I'm wondering about: Living in the [S/s]outh during the early 1900’s, the most decisive factor of a man’s life was determined at birth: the color of his skin. Should South be ...
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Do you capitalize Bill as in “Senator, please support this Bill”

I was wondering if I need to capitalize it because my teacher highlighted it but without giving a reason.
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How to tell the difference between proper nouns and regular nouns (in certain ambiguous cases)?

"In the Eden story, The Snake engages Eve in dialog." IN this sentence, should the word "Snake" be capitalized? Should the word "The" be capitalized? I assume that only if "The Snake" is a proper ...
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Capitalizing First Letter of Word in Continuing Dialogue

I have a rather tricky question - I'm a writer, about to send my manuscript off to agents and publishers, and have noticed I have a rather strange writing style, particularly when it comes to dialogue....
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How does one mention “first class honors” and GPA correctly on a résumé?

On my résumé, I have the following: -----Bachelor of ABC, Institute of XYZ, Country----- "first class honors" and GPA I can't construct this line in a way that sounds completely ...
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Capitalization of App

I'm trying to write a promotional piece on our new app. I can't figure out how to capitalize in these two instances (not in a title). My gut tells me lowercase but other team members have been using ...
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Do you capitalize a quoted word at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter? As a concrete example, imagine that I'm ...
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Should I capitalize “Chemical Engineering Curriculum”?

The introduction of this course within the chemical engineering curriculum is at this point in early stages of development. The introduction of this course within the Chemical Engineering ...
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Capitalizing a lower case screen name at the beginning of a sentence

When starting a sentence with a lower case pseudonym, such as a screen name of a user account on a website, should it be capitalized? Or are there different cases where it would and would not be ...
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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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Do you need to capitalize any words that are used to refer to a specific place?

For instance: Outside the city gates, there's a dangerous forested domain. We often refer to it as the wild terrain... We entered the specified area, the so-called "wild terrain". Do you have to ...
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Should we always capitalize Christians, Muslims, etc.? [duplicate]

A christian and a jew went into a bar.... or A Christian and a Jew went into a bar... The former is marked incorrect by microsoft word.
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How does one deal with one word in parenthesis at the start of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: (I'm not sure) how to capitalize this sentence How does one deal with capitalization in a situation like this: Correlation does not not imply causation. (Link) However, ...
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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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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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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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Capitalization of “A” in “Dear All” [duplicate]

At my work place, whenever an e-mail is sent to more then one person, it starts with "Dear All" or "Dear all". Should the letter "A" be capitalized in "All" as it is not a proper noun? Would it be ...
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Capitalization in mid-20th century British English

While reading the early "Thomas the Tank Engine" books (published in the 1940s and 50s in Britain) I was struck by the somewhat odd capitalisation used. Most of the text is capitalised as in modern ...
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Capitalization of “guest of honor”

In the following sentence, should guest of honour be capitalized? Ms. Joe Doe (DTM), the District Governor of Toastmasters International was the Guest of Honour during the charter party on March 23,...
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Capitalization in food

Morning everyone! Translating a Spanish restaurant menu into English, I found myself doubting whether to capitalize sauce names. Some examples are romesco and Sriracha. Not being familiar with them, ...
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Capitalization of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

An epithetical question: Should ALL of Rudolph "the red-nosed reindeer" be capitalized? Why or why not, and where do we draw the line? This was inspired by some seasonal discussion on this question ...
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When should “doctor” be capitalized?

In the following sentence, should the word "doctor" be treated as a common noun, or should it begin with a capital letter? The doctor will see you now.
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Is “hoover” capitalised? [duplicate]

In the UK (and sometimes Australia), a vacuum cleaner will be called a hoover, regardless of its brand. Likewise, the verb "to vacuum" is replaced with "to hoover". With a brand name being used in ...
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When does a locational distinction change its suffix and capitialization in a proper name?

I am trying to capitalize Western Canada or western Canada properly and am wanting a definition for when the "ern" is added as a suffix to a locational distinction of a proper noun. I believe the ...
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Are the names of these metrics proper nouns?

In my thesis I am writing about a number of different metrics. Not metrics in the mathematical sense, but metrics which are measures, functions. A function which takes an input and returns a symolic ...
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“the” is in my business name, capitalize it or not?

I'm starting a new business and recently decided on a name. The problem is that the name has the word "the" stuck right in the middle, like so: __ the __, LLC My question, should the "the" be ...
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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 ...
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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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Capitalization in abbreviated references

I was reading through some company documents regarding “Our Vision, Values And Principles”, etc., and was wondering about how they were referenced later in the text. Frequently the author wrote ...
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Should I capitalise “or” between examples?

On this site, there are often many different options as an answer, for example both with and without the Oxford comma. When giving multiple options, should I capitalize the word "or" between them? ...
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'World Cup' or 'world cup' in these particular contexts

The Under-19 World Cup takes place every 4 years. The 2014 FIFA World Cup takes in Brazil. He is the highest scorer in the world cup history. Cricket world cups are fun. Lastly, what to do when ...