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Why is “university” not capitalised here?

Why is "university" not capitalised in the second sentence below? The Guardian: West Virginia University suspends fraternities and sororities after student lands in intensive care unit. The ...
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E-mail or e-mail or E/email? [closed]

E-mail or e-mail or E/email? I am finding a variety of content on the proper way to write this term.
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Is the word English always capitalized? [closed]

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. ...
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Should “b” be capitalized in Dick's burger/burgers?

As Dick's Drive-In is a fast food restaurant company and if someone refers to a particular fast food item say "burger". Do we capitalize "b" when someone says Dick's burger? In short when someone ...
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Where to put question mark in the sentence?

Which one of the three sentences is correct regarding the place of "!" and capitalizing "because"? Could you please explain to me the course enrolment process? Because it is a bit unclear for me....
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Should the verb “be” be capitalized in a title?

For example if I were to write a title called, "The First Letter of Each Major Word in the Title Should Be Capitalized" Is this one correctly written? Should I capitalize "be" as well here?
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coronavirus - Why no 'c' capital? Why is there no space?

It is written 'coronavirus' with no space and no capitalized 'c'. I'm not sure about it. It is the name of virus which makes it a proper noun. Plus, they should be two words like other viruses have. ...
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when starting ask a question with 'is', should we use capital 'I', lower case 'i' is wrong? Like “is she Portuguese?” or Is she Portuguese?

I know using 'i' character in lower case is wrong, specially when I'm talking about my self, for example : i went to gym yesterday. how about 'is' letter? can I start my question with lowercase 'i' ...
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Secondary “o”steoporosis or Secondary “O”steoporosis [closed]

At a website, some nouns have been written in capital and some in small. Is there any specific reasons for it? For example, these are some written phrases in the website: 7. Current "S"moking 9. ...
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Is it obligatory to capitalize the word 'president' before a name (as in 'president Donald Trump')?

Gramarly insists on capitalizing: 'President Bill Clinton', 'President Donald Trump', etc. But I don't want to do it. Can I use a regular lowercase 'p'? (with respect, please give me a break from "...
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“Ministry of Education” capital or small initials?

If I want to mention Ministry of Health in the middle of a sentence should I capitalize initials or not. For example: Thanks to the German Ministry of Health Or, Thanks to the German ministry ...
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Should we Islamize with a capital i or islamize with a small i?

I am wondering about the correct spelling of the word to islamize which I met right now in a research paper on distribution of conspiracy theories by a colleague (not important here, just to ...
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How should I spell websites' names?

For example, News.Com published an article about demonstrations in Peru. Should I capitalize 'com' as I did?
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Capitalizing the suffix “-like”

Should I capitalize the suffix -like in a title if it is hyphenated? For example: Diamond-Like Carbon Coating or Diamond-like Carbon Coating Metal-Like Compounds or Metal-like Compounds Which is ...
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Capitalisation of proverbs in titles

In titles, do you capitalize all words in a proverb like "Better late than never" or only the first word?
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The correct capital G and J in cursive

I've come across two versions of writing a capital G and a capital J in cursive. I cannot understand which one is correct because Wikipedia shows that the capital G from my textbook is, in fact, the ...
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On using capital/small letter in a question after a double colon

I have a sentence with a double colon, then a question. When I use double colons, I used to use small letters after it. But it is not clear what is the case if the sentence after the double colons is ...
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is there a rule to capitalize a canonical name, a scientific and technical term?

k-means clustering is a scientific and technical term. Wikipedia and some books use "k-means clustering" instead of "K-Means Clustering", while some other posts use "K-Means Clustering". Is there a ...
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capital or small letter in the first letter after a term definition double colons

If I am using double colons to define a term, shall I start the first letter after it with capital or small? Example: Top-websites: Websites that are visited by more than # users each day. Or, ...
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Can “father” be used as “Dad”?

As "Dad" and "Mom" start with a capital letter if they came as the father and mother's names. Then, is it possible for "father" to be used in the same situation but without capitalizing its first ...
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What's the correct way to capitalize “Spider-Man web slinger toy”? [closed]

I am wondering if I should capitalize "web slinger", I don't think I should capitalize toy, but also I don't know if both "Spider-Man's web slinger toy" and "Spider-Man web slinger toy" should be ...
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Is it “Enterprise Team” or “Enterprise team” and “IT Support” or “IT support”?

I'm a bit confused regarding capitalizing certain words as I have found both their capitalized and uncapitalized forms on the Internet; for example, consider the following sentences: "Collaborate ...
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Capitalization of 'Bachelor's/Master's degree'?

I have encountered several sources now writing the 'B' or 'M' in lowercase, like... A bachelor's degree is an undergraduate university degree. ...whereas in the past I more often read Bachelor's / ...
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Should “Rehabilitation Department” be capitalized?

Which is the most correct: The patient was admitted to the rehabilitation department. Or The patient was admitted to the Rehabilitation Department.
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Should I capitalize because if comes after a question?

Can I start a sentence with "because" if it comes after a question mark? Why did I drink? Because I was thirsty. or Why did I drink? because I was thirsty. I know this style of question has been ...
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Are there situations when 'Capitol Hill' should NOT be capitalized as a proper noun?

"Capitol Hill" is a proper noun as a name for both the area where the US Capitol building sits as well as a residential district. Of course these should be capitalized when used as proper nouns. But ...
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Does the word appendix have to be always capitalised

When I refer to a section in-text, I use small letters like: ..(see section 1 for more details). I am proofreading a document using grammarily. I have appendix not section. ..(see appendix A ...
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Formal paper and Capitalization (inside parenthesis or about special elements -Tables, figures etc-)

In a thesis, or a formal paper written in English. What is the correct way to write inside a parenthesis and what is the correct way to refer to a table, or figure or section etc.? Also, do we have ...
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Using Capital letter for a word in a sentence I want to put emphasis on?

I sometimes tend to use the Capital letter for some words in which I would want to give emphasis on. For example Please deliver the Task on Time. I am trying to catch the users attention on how ...
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Is “coach” a proper noun in this case?

I'm not going to play next year if coach makes me ride the pine again this season. (source) The sentence syntactically suggests "coach" has to be a proper noun, although it is not capitalized. It ...
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Capitalization in a headline

In this headline, should the word "more" be capitalized? "Honoring Retired Employees with Twenty or more Years of Commitment"
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Should I start abbreviations with capital letters in titles?

The title of a section in my paper is Bipolar Disorder Def. Should it be "Def." or "def."?
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Should I use the definitive article and capitalization for the word “Earth's” in the following sentence?

I am having a trouble with correct usage of the definitive article and capitalization in the following sentence: Both Earth's and human health are the topics I love. Is this sentence correct ↑ or ...
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All-natural or All-Natural?

If I am using a word like all-natural in a title or logo, would it be All-natural or All-Natural?
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“It is black, it is not blue” or “It is black. It is not blue”?

I am not sure if I have to add capital letter and a period (full stop) in the following sentence. Obviously, I am talking about cases where I say them continuously, and in that case I'm not sure if ...
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Should I capitalize Satan in my paper? [closed]

I am writing an essay on Paradise Lost, and the character satan comes up frequently. I know in the bible God or LORD is always capitalized, but should the same be done for satan? Isn't it kind of ...
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Why are all “sort” in Harry Potter written in capital letters?

The Great Hall rang with applause as the Sorting Hat finished. "That's not the song it sang when it Sorted us," said Harry, clapping along with everyone else. (p.178) Harry looked away, staring ...
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Should names of types of wood species be capitalized?

Should the names of species of wood be capitalized when used within a sentence? Examples: Bocote Cocobolo Which is correct: The pool cue's forearm was made from Cocobolo wood. ...or, The ...
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When should a team name be capitalized?

Jhon is a part the Huston Racing Club, and he is on the electrical team. or Jhon is a part the Huston Racing Club, and he is on the Electrical Team. I find this confusing because it's a team ...
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If we capitalize each word's first letter in title, is there any mistake?

Is there any wrong when we capitalize the first letter of each word in a title including preposition, articles? for example, "Tips To Have A Successful Career".
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Is apostrophe correct in teachers day?

Source For the compound noun teachers day, some people call it teacher day and some other call it teachers' day. However, I believe that apostrophe implies possession and so as a day cannot be ...
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Title Case: Unable to Log In to System

How can I correctly capitalize this e-mail title: Unable to Log In to System For bonus points, what are the parts of speech for the short words? I'm having particular difficulty with the word "to".
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Capitalization when sentence begins with chemical name

It is generally considered poor form to begin a sentence with a numeric digit. For example, 4% of people are old. should be Four percent of people are old. What is the rule when you need to ...
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Lowercase/capital Greek letters written in English

Consider two examples: Gamma function written as Γ(n); gamma-butyrolactone written as γ-butyrolactone. Is there a rule which says how the lowercase and capital Greek letters must be reflected when ...
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Capitalization rule

Instead of joining air force, he joined police department. Instead of joining British air force, he joined British police department. As per my knowledge air force and police are common nouns so we ...
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Why has “father” been capitalized in the sentence “I think I'll bully Father into getting me one”?

Why is "father" in capitalized in the following sentence? "I think I'll bully Father into getting me one. "Father" has once been mentioned before in the following: My father's next door buying ...
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Small letter or capital letter for the word “aunt”

He requsted his aunt Mary. He requested his Aunt Mary. I wonder whether I need to capitalize the word "aunt" in this sentence.
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Is it “guild Foo”, “Guild Foo”, or “the guild Foo”?

Suppose there is a guild whose name is Foo. When I address it should I capitalize guild? In other words, which should I say: He joined guild Foo. He joined Guild Foo. He joined the guild Foo....
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Capitalization of Location terms

Should a location such as east or west be capitalized in a sentence? Example: The committee members voted on a new law that would affect the east.
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Should the word while be capitalized in a title?

This is the title of a session at a conference: Capturing Innovation while Maximizing Performance: Technological and Financing Choices That Shape Market Impact Should while be capitalized or not?