Questions tagged [capitalization]

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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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To Google something: capitalize or not?

I have a small question about the usage of Google as a verb. Is it always capitalized, even as a verb? For instance: I Googled his name and I got hundreds of results. Now, I am aware that this is ...
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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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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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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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“Best regards” vs. “Best Regards”

I have been told that I should use "Best regards" in emails. However, I also see many native English speakers using "Best Regards". I'm confused which is correct.
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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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Why should the “T” in “T-shirt” be capitalized?

Wiktionary says that the "T" in "T-shirt" should be capitalized, with "t-shirt" an alternative spelling. Why is an upper case "T" preferred?
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Capitalization of first letter after a dash

I'm in South Ossetia – yes, I managed to get a visa! In this sentence, should "yes" be capitalised ("Yes") after the dash?
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Why “Section, Chapter, Table, Figure” are capitalized in articles [duplicate]

The goal of this section is to analyse the features introduced in Section 3 for boilerplate detection. In books and papers, we see "Figure 1", "Chapter 2", "Section 1", "Table 2". Why are they ...
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Why aren't currency names capitalized?

It's Australian dollar and not Australian Dollar, It's Indian rupee and not Indian Rupee, it's Japanese yen and not Japanese Yen and so on. I know that... Proper nouns are capitalized. Aren't ...
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Capitalization rules when the sentence begins with a number

The context is about work progress. Planned work is 100%. Someone implemented only 45% of the work. 45% of the work was implemented. The sentence begins with the number. Please write whether we ...
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Is the name of a disease considered a proper noun?

I've never really thought about it before now, but is the name of a disease considered a proper noun, and thus, should the first letters be capitalized? For example: Would it be "celiac disease" or "...
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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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Should one write Abelian, Noetherian, Artinian by a capital or not?

Which one is the correct way to write abstract algebra? Let A be a Noetherian ring. or Let A be a noetherian ring. I guess the cases Abelian/abelian, Artinian/artinian behaves similarly.
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Capitalize i.e. and e.g.?

When you start a sentence with acronyms such as i.e., e.g., or similar, how do you capitalize them? "I.e., ...", or " I.E., ..."? Thanks.
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How to capitalize at the beginning of a sentence a word that has a fixed capitalization?

When asking a question on another SE site, it was brought to my attention that the airline company easyJet is spelled with a lowercase e and a capital J (I initially wrote EasyJet). How should such a ...
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Should All or Most Words in a Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange Question be Capitalized?

I thought all or a majority of words need to be capitalized when it's a title. The form that I fill out to ask a question on here says title and after the question is submitted it's displayed using a ...
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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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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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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) worse: the ...
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comma / surprising / capitalization

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have specific concerns about the following text: After starting my education in Veterinary Medicine and beginning to know diseases and issues that cause ...
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Why are some common nouns' first letters being used capital?

I am reading "The Orphan Child". On the first page there is a sentence which seems fine to me. But I think I should clear the air and make sure am with the writer on the same page. My question is ...
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Should “Nordic” be capitalized when used in “Nordic combined” or “Nordic walking”?

I'm under the impression "Nordic" should be capitalized when it's on its own, as it's a proper noun. But should "Nordic" be capitalized when it's used in a compound, such as Nordic combined or Nordic ...
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Capitalisation in titles

Some of the examples: Flow of Control between Layers Layered Architecture: Schematic Introduction to Aspect Oriented Programming(AOP) POJO-based Programming Model I can't decide whether to use ...
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Putting proper nouns in all capitals

I've sometimes seen proper nouns put in all capital letters. And it's not because the entire sentence is in capitals, or because the person is "shouting". For example, I've seen in the CIA factbook ...
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Reason for starting with capital letter

"DURSLEY!" he boomed. Uncle Vernon, who had gone very pale, whispered something that sounded like "Mimblewimble." Hagrid stared wildly at Harry. "But yeh must know about yer mom and dad," he said....
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the Capital and Small Letter in Title

I am confused about when to write capital letter or small letter in a title. Like the title above, I think The, and, in are perp, so they can be small letters. Am I right? Can someone clarify the ...
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Is “pre-Industrial-Revolution” spelled and hypenated correctly?

I found this quote online: The hackish senses of "engine" are actually close to its original, pre-Industrial-Revolution sense of a skill, clever device, or instrument (the word is cognate ...
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Title capitalization of hyphenated words

I always see the following titles differently and I want to know about what is the proper capitalization of title words when joined by a hyphen (dash): Object-[o]riented Programming or Object-[O]...
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Why does Oxford's entry for the word 'Decadence' have 'W' capital in Western society?

I was looking for the word decadence and looked in the Oxford Dictionary. Here is the entry decadence (n) - behaviour, attitudes, etc. which show a fall in standards, especially moral ones, and an ...
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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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Why are 'proper nouns' of body enzymes and things the like not capitalized?

Proper nouns are usually capitalized - a primary-school lesson that all of us have learned. Let's look at a substance found in a human body. Arginine (/ˈɑrɡɪniːn/, abbreviated as Arg or R)1 is an ...
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Is it grammatically correct to remove “The” from the beginning of a photo title?

For example in a photo there is a river. Can we title it "River" and not "The River"? Or there are some women who are sitting and standing on the ground. Can we title the photo "Sitting & Standing ...
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Correct syntax for capital letters

Should I use capital letters in front of items? There are two cases The reasons for that are: 1) We don't have budget and 2) We can not do that. or The reasons for that are: 1) We don't ...
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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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“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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Should “mathematics” be capitalized in the following examples?

Should "mathematics" be capitalized in the following two cases: a Ph.D. program in (mathematics or Mathematics) the Ph.D. program in (mathematics or Mathematics). (referred to the Ph.D. ...
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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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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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Job Titles Capitalization

The rules for the capitalization of job titles are not very clear. After I've read some internet articles (for instance, this Capitalization of job title question) I compiled some rules: a) It goes ...
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Shall we capitalize the word after colon?

Shall we capitalize the word after colon? For example: The question is: S/shall we capitalize "s" in "shall"? Another example, https://stats.stackexchange.com/q/91024/1005 For example: ...
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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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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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Is it “x degrees North of the equator” or “X degrees north of the equator”?

On many places it is explained quite well: You use a capital letter for wind directions when that indicates a specific place. Eg. "I live in the North" But a small letter, when it goes together ...
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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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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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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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Some grammar for sites

I'm describing a bar graph and I'm little bit confused. I want to write something like that: On the second bar we can see the first peak: somesite.com was visited by almost 19 percent of internet ...
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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 ...