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Questions tagged [capitalization]

This tag is for questions about the proper usage of capital letters.

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Capital or samll initial for “among” in a title

In academic papers, the title used to have capitalized initials except for articles. However, I came across a case where I need to use among. It is not clear for me whether I should capitalize it or ...
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What's the correct way to capitalize “Spider-Man web slinger toy”?

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?
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When is Earth upper case?

I recenty got my essay back from my teacher and she said that it was wrong to use upper case "Earth". When I'm writing Earth, I'm referencing to the planet Earth, not soil. This is the sentence which ...
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Should I capitalize more specific topic/field such as Computational Science and Discrete Math?

Should I capitalize abstract topics such as Discrete Math, Data Structures, Graph Theory, Computational Physics, Artificial Neural Network, Natural Language Processing? I know that specific course ...
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Should the name of a lowercase Greek letter in a proper name also be capitalized when the lower case is important?

Continuing Should the name of a capital Greek letter also be capitalized when the upper case is important? with the answer https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/109096/37810, which did emphasize the ...
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Should the name of a capital Greek letter also be capitalized when the upper case is important?

In complexity theory, we sometimes have to speak about Knuth’s big omega notation. Or about Knuth’s big Omega notation? Here the confusion starts. I can imagine all four variants of "big/Big omega/...
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Direct discourse and capitalization

I am studying the English Problem Solver book from Practice Makes Perfect Series* and stumbled on a strange instruction at page 12: It says that a quote does not begin with a capital letter unless it ...
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Capitalization of questions in sentences

Which of the following are correct: "Tom, do you like fishing?" "Tom, Do you like fishing?"
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Should I capitalise these words or not?

Say hello to aunt Jane. Say hello to Aunt Jane. Dear Uncle Sam. Dear uncle Sam. Should I capitalise these word or not? Why?
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Capital letters and their usages

From https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov, they use the expression "The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program". Why were capital letters used, ...
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When do you capitalise the “P” in pokemon?

There have been a lot of articles online of late concerning the release of Pokemon Go. Across different articles, there are different patterns for capitalising the 'p' in pokemon. I have been taught ...
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Capitalize rule for an article title

I am wondering if there is any rule on capitalization regarding to the title of articles. For example, Should I write: "The Road to Berlin" Or "The road to Berlin" ? I understand that the city name ...
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What does capital 'L' signify in labour?

Source:https://www.google.co.in/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&q=opposite+number The agriculture minister and his Labour opposite number Is that a mistake?
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“Find Ally” hint in Uncharted 4 video game

When you are far from your current ally and he or she has something to say to you a hint "Find Ally" appears. I wonder why this hint is written the way it is. I personally find it very weird and ...
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capitalization of mathematics

I have to write a CV in english for an application for a Master's degree programme. I want to write "Emphasis: pure Mathematics". How shall I write "pure Mathematics"? Like this, or "Pure Mathematics"?...
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Should always use uppercase “I”?

Should "I" (first person pronoun) always be used in uppercase, or does it depend on situation (uppercase in the first word of a sentence)? And why are other pronouns not capitalized?
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New Year vs. new year

On Jan 7, I wrote to a native speaker and wished her a great new year, but I used the capitalized form: I wish you a very prosperous New Year. Now I'm in doubt if it's at all meaningful ...
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Why do dictionaries not use capitalization in the beginning of their “sentences”?

When I look up a dictionary, the example sentences always use small letters at the beginning of the sentence. For examples: exacerbate make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) ...
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“My mom told me that this store is going to be hiring a cashier soon. ” — should mom be capitalized? [duplicate]

I found the above sentence on a quiz. Mom should be capitalized because it is used as a proper noun in the above sentence.
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How do I capitalize a word with a hyphen. Do I capitalize the first word or both?

Suppose I have a word like show-case or e-commerce or e-mail. How are these words supposed to be made upper-case? Show-case, E-commerce, E-mail. or Show-Case, E-Commerce, E-Mail. Thanks!
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“… in Introduction” vs “… in the introduction”

I work on a thesis, with several chapters. Now, Chapter 1 is called Introduction. When I want to say "ABC is defined in Chapter 1", I feel I can avoid using "Chapter 1" and use "Introduction". ...