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Should I capitalize a common noun if it precedes its name like Organization A?

In this chart, Organization is capitalized. I wonder if it's just the way it's written in the chart, or I actually have to follow this style in my report.
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When should words like "granny" and "mom" be capitalized?

I often come across the words mom and Mom, granny and Granny, dad and Dad. What's the difference? When is it suitable to use the capital letters at the beginning of these words?
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He is a Captain with the big letter. ( = great captain?) [closed]

I suspect this sentence would not sound idiomatic and clear: He is a Captain with the big letter. Is there a way to rephrase it slightly to mean He is a wonderful captain. Because He is THE captain. ...
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In the prepositional phrase, "from the ground up," does "up" function as a preposition?

I want to know, if I make the title of an essay "From the Ground Up," should the "Up" really be capitalized? Typically, unless they are the first word in a title, prepositions are ...
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If this capital letter F is acceptable or not [closed]

Is the F in the picture an acceptable capital letter? As the length of the lower horizontal line equals to the upper horizontal line. This is not a font question. That’s a very basic question or a ...
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Dear Dad and Mom / dear Dad and Mom / dear dad and mom

My question is precise, yet, even after consulting the Internet and this forum, I didn't manage to find an answer to the question, which is the following: which of the following ways to write that ...
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Capitalization of "Random Forest"

Random forest is a machine learning algorithm created and trademarked by Leo Breiman and Adele Cutler. This seems to be a proper noun, however, when I search https://ludwig.guru/ or use Google's https:...
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Capitalising subjects

Folks, could you answer: if I decide to capitalise all subjects (history, biology, informatics, etc.), which is totally optional nowadays, then do I have to also capitalise them when they are used as ...
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Capital and Lowercase Acronyms

Why is the acronym for sport utility vehicle (SUV) capitalized but for miles per gallon (mpg) it is lowercased?
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Should I capitalize the words between parentheses when defining an initialism?

As the title explicitly suggests, I have a question about whether I should capitalize the words inside parentheses. I want to know which of the sentences below is the grammatically correct one. PP(...
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Capitalization for Job Titles in a Sentence

In the sentence below, have I used the correct upper/lower casing for the job titles: security engineer and security architect? He joins our organization from XYZ Company where he worked for six years,...
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Do I need to capitalize the M in "next Monday" or "I’m available on mondays"?

I know that when I write Monday or Wednesday, I need to capitalize the first letter M or W. But do I need to capitalize the M in "next Monday" or "I’m available on mondays"?
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Stick-On Curtains or Stick-on Curtains [duplicate]

If the title of an article is about stick on curtains, should the title be "Stick-On Curtains" or "Stick-on Curtains"? In other words, should "o" in "stick-on" ...
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Why is "I" capitalized and "you" is not?

As far as I know, you should always capitalize "I", but "you" only on the beginning of a sentence. I am not sure where the rule comes from. I suppose both are no "proper nouns&...
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Case of side notes?

When writing a book, some authors put important short terms they use in the main text also into the margin near the usage position. Assuming that these marginal notes in your book are always short and ...
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Should I capitalize in this case?

I presented two solutions to a problem in an article. I called them solution 1 and solution 2. Solution 1 is better than solution 2 in terms of the efficiency. When I refer to either one of them, ...
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Should quoted clause be capitalized

I wonder if a quoted clause should be capitalized or not. For example, which of the following sentences is correct: For instance, "he is less than 20 years old" contains a subject and a ...
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Do you capitalize this sentence after colon?

I'm using a style of capitalizing a complete sentence after a colon. Here's the example sentence: To minimize the time needed to traverse the large forest, I divided the fifty guards into three ...
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Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox or Zeno's dichotomy paradox?

What the correct way of capitalizing that paradox? Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox or Zeno's dichotomy paradox? Google Books shows both versions (Zeno's dichotomy paradox is more common). Still, I would like ...
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a capitalization question on the sentence ''second world war...''

In the sentence (just a sentence to be provided an example, I made it up) ''I think the second World War was more devastating than World War I'' so I checked capitalization rules on Grammarly and I ...
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Why is Guilty capitalized?

Atticus had urged them to accept the state’s generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name ...
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Should "Example" have a capital letter when pluralised?

When referring to different examples in a research paper, the e should be capitalised: In Example 3, we see how... But does this hold for the plural as well? That is, which of the following is ...
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How do I write bullet lists?

I'm in despair... I have a very good grasp of how to write bullet lists in my own language (there is one single set of rules that should always be used), and I've just assumed the rules are the same ...
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"Coal gas" or "coal gas"

Do we write "coal gas" or "Coal gas"? The latter is eventually a name of a specific gaseous mixture prepared by a specific way from coal. I can imagine "coal gas" could ...
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Congressional District is generally lowercased but because it is in front of a proper noun (Maryland) then 'congressional district' is capitalized?

Sentence :Lieutenant Governor Rutherford's State Administration has invested 62 million dollars in the West North Avenue community to demolish and revitalize 100 houses from Milton to Hilton Boulevard,...
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Should the word 'District' be capitalized in the below sentence?

Sentence 1: The trip took us out of the District on the Maryland side as we headed west through picturesque rolling hills and farm lands. (note shouldn't district be lowercased-if not why not..please?)...
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Ampere-ampere and Zika-Zika convention

The title is confusing but I can explain. This question originates from this post on why Zika is capitalised while chikungunya and yellow fever were not. The consensus was that Zika originated from ...
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Are words such as dad, mother, or uncle capitalized when used as titles?

Do native speakers capitalize "aunt," "mother," "father," etc. with "my", "her" if they are using them as a title? "My uncle works in a factory.&...
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English language or English Language?

In the following sentence, should language start with a capital letter? We can give children more opportunities if we teach them English Language at primary school I know we must say "National ...
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Should Southern be lowercased in sentence one or is it an error? [duplicate]

I found two sentences that are confusing because they are similiar yet a little different? Sentence 1: I live in southern Connecticut. rule : when a directional term refer to directions-they should be ...
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Do I capitalize appellant courts?

Sentence: Appeals are reviewed by the United States appellant courts. What else needs to be capitalized in this sentence? Should Appellant be capitalized or lowercased?
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When do I capitalize supreme court?

I have learned that Supreme Court is a proper noun and capitalized when I am referring to the United States Supreme Court. However, does this mean that when I am not referencing the U.S. Federal ...
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The difference in the use of the preposition "of" vs "Of"

Recently I was looking through the titles of books and once again came across the different spelling of the of preposition. ... 2009. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. 2011. The ...
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lowercase or uppercase and with or without definite article

This is the sentence I have: "Then we need not worry about anything on earth!" Should I use Earth or is it okay to leave it as such? I understand Earth as an element has to be capitalized....
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Can Revenue Act be second referenced as the Act?

Question: When you first reference Revenue Act or Budget Act because it names a specific act and you second reference the same Act -can I shorten it by referring to Revenue Act or Budget Act as the ...
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Why is South capitalized in one sentence but lowercased in the next Sentence?

What makes South Baltimore a good place to live? Rule: when a direction immediately precedes a name of a city, capitalize the direction and the name of a city. Where is the south side of Baltimore? ...
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How can I tell if the word library is part of a proper noun name or if it is a common noun?

According to English grammar, when library is a very specific building capitalize the full name of the library. Therefore, I know that when I am referring to Morgan State University Library or Coppin ...
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What is the rule for capitalizing roles like Captain or District Attorney please in this context please?

Sentence 1:The District Attorney is coming to visit us on Wednesday. question: Why is District Attorney capitalized as a proper noun? Is it because 'District Attorney' substitutes for a person's name ...
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According to my last post on 'diamond district' capitalization and answer posted, 'diamond district' can be capitalized or not?

Sentence One: The Diamond District is a commercial stretch between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Midtown Manhattan, encompasses only nearly one block. note in Wikedpedia I found this sentence with '...
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When do I capitalize the word "district"?

I am having trouble with knowing whether to lowercase or capitalize the word "district". I found two sentences that disturb me because I don't see a pattern. Sentence: I went to the diamond ...
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What are the rules for capitalizing the second part of a hyphenated word in a title?

I would assume that it both parts of the hyphenated word would be capitalized in a standard example (e.g. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). However, I noticed in my piano book, it ...
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How do we capitalize a hyphenated adjective which starts with an abbrevation in the beginning of a sentence?

I am really confused right now and I can't seem to find a straight answer to this question. I was writing an essay and I am stumped on the correct capitalization when it came to starting a sentence ...
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Why the noun "sky" is not capitalized?

In English, proper nouns are always capitalized. Since there is only one sky I would expect it to be a proper noun and capitalized. But it seems it is treated as a common noun and not capitalized. Why ...
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Working/Business/Calendar day to be capitalized?

I tried to find the possible rule on the Internet but couldn't. So, do I have to capitalize such words as business or working or calendar when referring to a day in a document? For ex.: Within five (...
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What is the purpose of capitalization? how are capitalized words read? [duplicate]

I know that proper nouns are capitalized but why is it even necessary? are all capitalized words read in the same way as non capitalized ones?
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Is the word in this sentence, Russian, capitalized or lowercase? [closed]

I want to write: In Russian/russian, this is a common technique.... Which letter I should use?
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Why is the first letter of a proper noun capitalized [closed]

Is it incorrect grammar to make the first letter of a proper noun small letters ? I found that most of the online grammar checkers will mark it as an error if you don't capitalize the first letter ...
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Should "chief" be capitalized in these examples?

Hi, chief. How are you doing? I just talked to the chief. Should chief be capitalized in the two examples above. In both examples chief is referring to the Chief of Police.
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Capitalize "god"? [closed]

I have found 9 examples where I have used "god" in a story I've written. They're all used in the dialog. I don't know if I should capitalize it, so would like to know what you would do. ...
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capitalization rules in English [closed]

Do we capitalize the names of diseases?please give me some information about this question. Also include the reasons for capitalizing a specific disease and not capitalizing the others.
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