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Questions tagged [proper-nouns]

A proper noun or proper name is a capitalized noun representing a unique entity as opposed to a common noun, which represents a class of entities or nonunique instances of that class.

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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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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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Refering to someone whose name has an aristocratic particle

Context: In French, some last names have an aristocratic particle (e.g. Alfred de Musset). The latter is yet ommited when one refers to a person via its last name only. One would for example say: ...
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“Internet” or “The Internet”

As a proper noun, and as something commonly referred to in everyday life, I've heard both "the internet," and "internet" when using it as a noun. Ex: I went on the Internet Vs. I found my ...
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“Sun rises in the east” or “The sun rises in the east” [duplicate]

I am really confused about the usage of articles with proper nouns like sun. Which of the following is correct? Sun rises in the east. The sun rises in the east.
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Articles with proper nouns as adjectives [duplicate]

Do I need to use articles in front of proper nouns that are used as adjectives? Examples: "I joined [the] Warp Engine team." "I want to share [the] Warp Engine roadmap with you."
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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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Question with articles and proper nouns on techinal terms

This one is the hardest for me to learn/grasp. From what I read, some proper nouns are allowed to have the word "The", while some are not. Which one is correct/incorrect: Upload it to the ...
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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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Usage of English variants of foreign place names (Regensburg - Ratisbon)

Many place names have different form/spelling in English and in the original language of the country, in which they lie, e.g. Lyons x Lyon, The Hague x Den Haag, Munich x München. Most of them are ...
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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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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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Sun and earth in combination as proper nouns

I have done an extensive research and I am aware that Sun and Earth can be ordinary and proper nouns depending on the context. I am writing the engineering text, which is also concerned with transfer ...
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How to pluralize surnames ending in short vowel then s?

I've seen on this board that these are the rules: for certain ending letters - which include s - to add es to pluralize, and add only s to the rest. The rules say never change y to ies. And of course ...
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Word for the name part of a country name

EDIT: I am obviously not being clear. I am not looking for a word for the common or familiar name. I am looking at how to describe the portion of the formal name that does not describe the system of ...
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Using Were vs. Was with Proper Nouns [duplicate]

My first language is not English and I have a question about a sentence that I recently saw. And I hope someone can help me. Is it correct to say: "I wish John were a myth so you could bust him." ...
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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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Proper noun with an indefinte article [duplicate]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year are proper nouns. But, why are they used with an indefinite article as in "I wish you a Happy New Year/Merry Christmas.
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Alphabetizing band names when the name includes a member's name [closed]

When one is alphabetizing band names which are named after a member of the band, do you put the last name first? For a few examples, the following bands are names, but not of actual people: Pink ...
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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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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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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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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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What does “Moth” mean here in Agatha Christie's Peril at End House?

'George hasn't turned up,' said Nick. 'A nuisance his having to go back to Plymouth last night. He'll get over this evening sometime or other, I expect. In time for the dance anyway. I've got a ...
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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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Charity scammer low life [closed]

What would you call someone, with money, who attends an all inclusive fund-raiser, refuses to pay the attendance fee, and sends his girlfriend up to the bar all night to get him goblets of wine while ...
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Why is “Thailand” spelled with an 'h'?

As we all know, "Thailand" is not pronounced with a /θ/ — so why is it spelled that way? Is the 'h' vestigial? Does it represent some subtle phoneme in the Thai language, and if so, what is that ...
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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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Postmodification using participle: Is it grammatical?

I am a Japanese teacher of English who is making a teaching material for my students. I would like to know whether the following usage would be totally accepted in school grammar. To put my question ...
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The Earth vs. Earth [duplicate]

What's the difference between 'the Earth' and 'Earth'? Why is there an article before Earth on the first sentence, and none on the second one? 1) Sputnik, Russian for fellow traveller around the ...
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How do you write “deep south”?

How does one write "deep south?" It is a proper noun so I believe South is capitalized but what about d/Deep ?
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How to denote a piece of art or a person?

If I want to refer to a piece of art, like a painting, sculpture, film, TV series, or a person associated with such a piece of art in an essay then how do I denote it? Do I italicize that part or put ...
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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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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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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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Capitalizing Stages of Diseases

I was wondering: some diseases have stages with specific names, as opposed to "Stage I", "Stage II", etc. Should I capitalize the names of the stages or leave them in lowercase? I'm asking in respect ...
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Possessive of already possessive proper noun! [duplicate]

I was wondering how to write the possessive form of a proper noun that is already in a possessive form (confusing, I know...) My company's name is Tuc's Contracting. If I were to write the possessive ...
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Is anything/all that replaces the name of a place supposed to be capitalized?

In my case, I want to know whether both words or either word of "The Badlands" should be capitalized. "The Badlands" is specifically what people use now instead of the real name for a place. -We live ...
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I need to know whether cedar is a proper noun needing capitalization [closed]

I have written “cedars and Rhododendrons” and wonder whether I should capitalize cedar?
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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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What is the plural of the name Jess? [duplicate]

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's Joneses. ...
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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 “global south” be capitalized?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide In a context such as, The harsh realities as the result of the socioeconomic conditions plaguing the global south Should it be "Global ...
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Proper nouns : Which parts of speech commonly surround proper nouns

I am building an automated system to seek out the proper nouns from a piece of text. I have some algorithms available to me that can correctly determine the POS tag of a word in some text. The problem ...
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Is it wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document

While writing a formal document in an English language, I would like to know whether it's wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document. For example,...
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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How does one pluralize a name that ends with a silent x?

My friend Paul Robichaux (noted O'Reilly author, Exchange MVP, and all-around good guy) was tagged in a Facebook post today in which the poster lamented that they “were missing a few tall ...
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Should a proper name consisting of valid words be always capitalized?

Assuming "Information retrieval" is an official term describing a research domain, should it be capitalized in the middle of a sentence? that is, what is/are the correct form/s: I am interested in ...
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Units are proper or common nouns?

Are units like newton, metre etc considered as proper or common noun?
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What is the origin of the pronunciation of 'Plymouth'?

It has always confused how my American relatives pronounce the name of their city (Plymouth Meeting) as something like 'Plymeth Meeting'. For me, it seems that the natural way would be something that ...