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Should you capitalize run-in sentence? [duplicate]

So I come up with a question in narration, and here's a few example: I know from her smile that she was saying "you look like an idiot" to me. She was more likely than not dishing me out ...
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Capitalisation for emphasis?

Let's say we have a time card software system. In the help FAQ, is the second version grammatically correct, or preferable? How can we locate time cards that had errors? How can we locate Time Cards ...
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Should I capitalize the next 'superstring revolution'? [closed]

I'm writing a formal essay in physics, and I will include the word 'superstring revolution'. There have been two superstring revolutions before. In my understanding, such revolutions changed people's ...
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Is it appropriate to use "covid-19"/"covid" rather than "COVID-19"/"COVID"? Or should "Covid" be used? (Capitalization of COVID-19) [duplicate]

The COVID-19 pandemic, as many have heard of, has been around for nearly 2 years. In such, there has been an increased usage of the word "COVID". My question here is should it be capitalized ...
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Capitalize "the" when referring to publications as physical objects? [duplicate]

There are plenty of questions on Stackexchange and the web about when to capitalize "the" in titles like "The New York Times." But most of those questions have to do with referring ...
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Question: Is it social democracy or Social democracy or Social Democracy? AP style [closed]

Sentence 1: Similarily though he carried out many useful administrative reforms, in a vain effort to combat Social Democracy he seriously interefered with the liberty of public meeting and attempted ...
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Capitalization rules for nicknames and name-replacing honorifics

My intuition is to capitalize any word that used in reference to a person in place of their name: Mother, Father, Grandma, Grandpa, Doctor, Captain, Professor, Sir, Ma’am, Boss, etc. But my research ...
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Why is the verb "Pilot" capitalized in Robinson Crusoe?

The following is an excerpt from Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics, p39). my Business was to hold my Breath, and raise my self upon the Water, if I could; and so by swimming to preserve my ...
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What is the difference between "The X Society" and "The Society of X"? [closed]

What is the difference between the following? "The Gilbert Keith Chesterton Society" vs "The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton" "The Last Mohican Society" vs "The ...
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In the Capitalization of City, Town, and Village [duplicate]

So here is my question: Let's say, I have a place known as ABC, and it is a city. I know that whenever I call it city of ABC, the word city isn't capitalized, unless it is revering to government of ...
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Should you capitalize fantasy creatures?

I am currently writing a novel with a mix of sci-fi and fantasy setting. So my question is that, I have one creature that is a cosmic beast with a species name "crossiax." Should I ...
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Which one is more correct, "White-eye Man" or “White-Eye Man”?

My son loves white-eyes, a kind of bird,very much. He wants name his storybook like spider man or iron man, so he decides to name it “white-eye man”. I am not quite sure which one is correct if it is ...
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Does capitalisation change when a word moves from proper noun to adjective?

For the sake of this question I'll use the word Linux as an example, but I really want to ask about the principle generally. The word Linux started as the name of an operating system kernel written by ...
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Is the adverb "of course" capitalized in the title of an article or story?

I have a story that includes "of course" in the middle of its title: "I will be there, of course, when you come home". Should the "of course" be capitalized like this (...
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Should I write 'Mechanical Engineering Graduate' or 'Mechanical Engineering graduate'? [closed]

Mechanical Engineering graduate looking for work... is how my personal statement starts. Should I capitalize the word graduate or leave it as it is? I have done research using google to see how it is ...
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Capitalise or not foreign demonyms when original language uses lower case and English has no equivalent?

In English we capitalise demonyms. Someone from Paris is a Parisian. When we insert words from other languages we indicate the non-English nature of the word with quotation marks or italics. "He ...
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Adjective capitalization of fictional species and nationalities

There exist a fictional nation called Elf Nation. (not a creative name but this is for a grammar experiment) The species which inhabit this nation are called elf(singular) and elves (plural). Would ...
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Capitalization of "neo-scholasticism" [duplicate]

Is the word 'neo-scholasticism' capitalized in academic writing, or not? It is lowercase in the Merriam Webster dictionary, but capitalized in the Collins English dictionary. So in a thesis, which ...
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Is "the bar", as in the bar that barristers work at as lawyers, capitalised or not?

I'm applying for lawyer jobs and training, so I have to use the word "bar" a lot, and I've noticed that small and upper case B is used. I'm afraid my English isn't good enough to work out ...
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Should you capitalize "Will" (as in a "Last Will and Testament")?

I had always assumed it would be lowercase, but it seems it's often capitalized. Presumably because it is the title of a document? If you were to simply call it a "Will" then should it be ...
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Why isn't the word "white" capitalized when referring to the race? [duplicate]

I was surprised to find that there's a growing convention of capitalizing the word "black" when referring to the race, i.e.: A Black person. I thought this was wrong, because I thought it ...
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Should you capitalize the word young before a name?

So, let's say that there's someone named Zeth. Now, an elderly he know call him with the word young before his name: Should it be "young Zeth" or "Young Zeth"? Truthfully, I just ...
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Capitalisation when talking about a proper noun [closed]

So when I write a sentence like for example: The word europe originated from ... should the word be capitalised or not? It seems logical not to capitalise because in this sense it's not talking ...
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Do we capitalize the word that comes after a number? [duplicate]

For example, is it "0.89 is a real number" or is it "0.89 Is a real number"?
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Capitalization of "indigenous" [closed]

Does the word "indigenous" need to be capitalized in academic writing? For example, mid-sentence, is it: ...Indigenous methodologies or indigenous methodologies ...Indigenous knowledge or ...
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Capital letters in resume [closed]

I'm writing my resume right now and I was wondering what is the correct way to use capital letters in it. I will give few examples of sentences that I'm not sure whether should be capital or not: ...
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Should "baby" be capitalized when placed before a name?

Can baby ever be used as a title? In the sentence, "I thought baby Cora was such a cute infant!" should baby be capitalized? Thanks!
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Which is the correct way to write "Back-end Engineer"? [closed]

On the web, I find the following common ways of punctuating and capitalising "Back-end Engineer" as a job title. Back-End Engineer Back-end Engineer Backend Engineer Which of these is ...
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Why is “Object” capitalized in the Declaration of Independence? [duplicate]

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such ...
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Is the book title "God versus gods" grammatically incorrect?

I wrote a book entitled God versus Gods which depicts the struggle between the One God of Jewish Monotheism and the multiplicity of gods in the pagan/polytheistic ancient world. The prevailing rule in ...
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Is the T in "the" capitalized when referring to a royal house mid-sentence?

Every example I've been able to find has it at the beginning of the sentence, but while it seems like, unless it's actually part of a book title or company name or something, most proper nouns don't ...
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Is it appropriate to write mixed capped abbreviations and acronyms in all caps for headers, etc?

When using an abbreviation or acronym that has a mix of lowercase and capital letters, such as mmWave or dBm, in a heading or line that is formatted in all caps, is it appropriate to use all caps - or ...
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Should I Capitalize the Word "mom" in This Specific Context [duplicate]

In the book Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is says the word "mom" is a proper noun in the following context and should be capitalized: "How's Mom these days"...
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Capitalize new construction introduced in mathematical proof

Let's say that I am trying to prove a mathematical theorem. As part of that proof, I may want to introduce a construction that I will use repeatedly throughout the proof (and potentially combine many ...
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Do you capitalise "North" and "South" of England? [duplicate]

When referring to the regions in England, do we refer to them as the "South of England" or the "south of England"? Same with "South" and "south" - is it capital ...
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Is "Black" correct, incorrect, or could it be used as either "Black" or "black"? [duplicate]

I was reading an article that I was assigned by my professor, and I came across the following: “We’re the ones getting killed,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is Black, said in an ...
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How do I use colons and punctuation in this sentence?

Should I use a colon before a list? Which of the following is correct? I’ll never forget that night when I sat staring at my laptop when it suddenly hit me: This is what I wanted to do. This is ...
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Capitalization of the short form of a compound noun, with a definite article

Example: Northern College's senior administration is considering a $100 million investment in campus infrastructure. Alumni groups have objected, citing a record of poor stewardship of the College's ...
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Should I capitalize Yes and No in "Yes or No question"?

I want to talk about a question. There are two possible answers. Yes. No. Could I refer to that as a Yes or No question, with both capitalized? Or, maybe Yes-or-No-question with hyphens? I initially ...
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Dear E/editor and R/reviewers? The correct form of capitalization

I am writing a "response to reviewers' letter" for answering the reviewer's comments on my paper. I want to know which one is correct to start my letter: Dear Editor and reviewers; Dear ...
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Security capitalization

I'm editing a short story (for context, the author is English, living permanently in Australia, and aiming for publication in the USA). In one scene the main character says something like: "We ...
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Capitals after mdash

I would like to know if, in British English, if there is a question after emdash, do I need to start the question with a capital? for example —Do you know what this means? Also, what about a general ...
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Should I capitalize a word from the middle of a quote if the quote and word occur at the start of the sentence?

I was writing an essay for a school assignment, when I encountered a quote similar the following: Nobody has encountered a black hole, because they're simply too far away to reach. I then needed to ...
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Can capitalization be considered as a marker of definitness in proper nouns

Proper nouns are always definite (i.e. are names of people or names of places). They are also always capitalized. Does that mean that the capital letter is considered a marker for definiteness? Do we ...
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Punctuating local area names

I'm writing an informational essay that includes a description of an organization called Shepherd Community Center, and they say they work primarily in the "near Eastside of Indianapolis." I'...
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Does the word 'law' need to be capitalised? [duplicate]

I'm currently writing my personal statement for my university application in the UK. Because I am applying for courses in law (or Law?), I naturally need to use the word 'law' in my statement. Note ...
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On the capitalization of familial honorifics

We all know that Mom and Dad are capitalized when used in dialogue as a substitute for a name. But is it the same for big sister, big brother, big sis, and big bro? One example of the sentence would ...
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Capitalization for unique title and quotations trickiness in inner thought

So, I have been writing and wonder whether to capitalize the word "master." No rush here, I know that without name the word like this won't be capitalized. But if it use as a substitute for ...
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Capitalization of official divisions of an organization

Some organizations, like sects, divide themselves into parts—usually, there are two two parts, and those parts are called "outer sect" and "inner sect". These aren't simply an ...
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Should the surname 'de Menezes' be capitalised on beginning a sentence? [duplicate]

Wikipedia (Keir Starmer's entry, the UK Labour Party Leader) has the following : Within the first few months of his tenure, Starmer upheld the decision not to prosecute the officers who had killed ...

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