I correct student mistakes when providing grammar content to them. I frequently encounter the word "English" in e-mail situations and it is not capitalized. I just need some clarification. Thanks in advance.

  • What did the dictionary tell you, when you looked up the word "English"? – Mari-Lou A Jun 21 '20 at 19:34
  • I ask these questions as I am assisting numerous English language learners online. I use dictionaries but the explanations in dictionaries can be difficult in some cases. – Jack Bosma Jun 21 '20 at 21:27
  • I'm someone who enjoys learning from other people. So, I hope to help speakers of other languages to learn and love the idiosyncrasies of English, there are so many! Idiosyncrasies is the word that I was looking for! @Mari-Lou – Jack Bosma Jun 21 '20 at 21:31
  • You didn't answer my question or say which dictionaries you consulted in the comments. We don't need to know why you posted the question but what makes you think that English is not written with a capital E. You shouldn't be influenced by how ESL learners write the word, after all they're students, it's to be expected that they get some things wrong. – Mari-Lou A Jun 22 '20 at 7:27
  • @Mari-LouA I appreciate your feedback. I am satisfied with the answer that I received for this question. – Jack Bosma Jun 22 '20 at 17:23

Yes, it always is, except sometimes when it is used (chiefly in American English) to mean putting a kind of spin on a ball in games like pool.

I think one of the reasons you see it without a capital is that in some languages (certainly French) national names are capitalised when they are nouns (l'Anglais = "the English person") but not when they are adjectives (un livre anglais = "an English book")

Alternatively, it might just be that people don't think it important in the contexts where you've seen it.

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