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For questions relating to things that have a name used for an individual person, place, or organization. It is typically spelled with initial capital letters.

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Should I write “Notes from the Microsoft immersion session” or “Notes from Microsoft immersion session”?

Should I write "Notes from the Microsoft immersion session" or "Notes from Microsoft immersion session"? In general we always say,"Notes from the immersion session". Does having Microsoft (with ...
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When do we use “THE” before character name/nickname?

For example: Why do we use "Wolverine" not "the Wolverine" I want create character of the nameless man called Revenant. Should I use "Revenant" or "the Revenant"? Thanks in advance.
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What is the term for the electricity, floor tiles, etc in a house or office? Like when you can't move in yet because those things are still lacking

What is the term for the electricity, floor tiles, etc in a house or office? Like, when you can't move in yet because those things are still lacking. Thanks.
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Punctuation preceding a proper noun

I was wondering what (if any) punctuation needs to precede a proper noun in the following sentence: The student John. That is, there is a student named John, and I am referring to them as a ...
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Can “father” be “the father” and “mother” be “the mother”?

The original sentence: With mother earning and his older children drawing substantial wages father is seldom the dominant figure that he still was at the beginning of the century. Is it also ...
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Choosing a shop name [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct as a shop name, Valhalla’s Dojo or Valhalla Dojo? It’s a name for a game centre. My partners and I can’t seem to agree on this.
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“If you own” or “If you own a” when talking about a product in an ad

Let's say there is a game console called Bumby that can be used to play every single game available. "If you own Bumby, you won't need another console." "If you own a Bumby, you won't need ...
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Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford?

Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford? I have been speaking English in the US for 8 years now. The pattern I am seeing is that when you call someone by placing their ...
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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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Please explain the use of “The” or no use of “The”. In the first blanks

I would like to understand the use of the article "The" to mention the company name and also the not use of "The" to write the names of companies. Eg. Notice that the first, second and fourth ...
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“The Jesus who said” - why is there a definite article before the proper name “Jesus”?

The system doesn't seem to be providing for the well-being of all the people, and that's what makes it, almost in its very nature, something contrary to the Jesus who said, "Blessed are the poor. Woe ...
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What is a person’s relationship to their cousin’s uncle

I know a girl who is dating her cousin’s uncle. What is her relationship to him other than boyfriend girlfriend?
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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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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How can “the number of times” be abbreviated?

This circuit reduces the number of times data is sampled. I named the circuit as follows: A sampling number reducing circuit I think "sampling frequency reducing circuit" may be better but too ...
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Why there is an indefinite article “We have a Hulk”

Loki: I have an army. Tony Stark: We have a Hulk. (The Avengers quote on IMDB) I just can't get why Stark uses an indefinite article with a real person in a phrase "We have a Hulk", is this ...
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Are Titles Proper Nouns

I have always believed titles to be proper nouns, so in this question I stated it as an answer "Why We Listen to Music" versus "Why Do We Listen to Music" in title Somebody has ...
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Meaning of “racial lines”

Here's part of an article: The bleakest charge, heard in political speeches, in academic discourse and from community campaigners, is that American schools and neighbourhoods are resegregating ...
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Premodifying adjectives and proper noun countability

Secondhand PC hardware is incomparable with brand new Raspberry Pi. In this sentence, is it correct to say brand new Raspberry Pi without making it countable? That is, a brand new Raspberry Pi or ...
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“the imread function” or “the function imread”

What is the difference between the following sentences? Are both correct? If both are correct, which is more popular? The function imread reads images. The imread function reads images. ...
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The use of the definite article with the names of bridges and zoos in American English

Do the names of bridges and zoos take the definite article in American English? The sources I've explored so far seem to be somewhat contradictory to this question. Maybe someone could suggest the ...
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Galois Theory — an implied genitive or not genitive at all?

In the field of mathematics there are many concepts named after certain individuals: the Pythagoras's theorem, Galois theory, Hilbert space and so forth. In my native tongue of Finnish the person's ...
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What does “Linked in” mean?

My guess is that when you have connected to a group, you are "linked in" that group. But then shouldn't the preposition "on" more suitable? I can't find a resource actually says what the company name ...
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Articles before modified proper nouns

Nevertheless, Harry was determined to find out more about Riddle, so next day at break, he headed for the trophy room to examine Riddle’s special award, accompanied by an interested Hermione and a ...
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Defining an ad hoc proper noun

Suppose I'm writing a report where I often refer to a particular training dataset and a particular control dataset. Would it be grammatically correct to refer to them as to the Train dataset and the ...
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What is the correct says of `how to quickly remember 10^x to 2^y`

My purpose Know how to quickly remember 10^x to 2^y , or find a online tool can convert between them. for example: 10^1 to 2^3(approximations) 10^6 to 2^20(approximations) 10^x to 2^y(...
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plural forms - family names

Which phrase is correct? This is the Brown family vs This is the Browns family (where Brown is a surname) Or both variants are correct when we are talking about the whole family? This ...
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Every (noun) has done vs Every (noun) have done

I was listening to a podcast when I noticed this sentence, "Which, of course, every group has done..." So, I wasn't sure if "has" or "have" should be used in that case. Then I googled the two forms ...
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is there any term given to people who like smoking?

Is it called smoker? I just have done a google search with this: term to people who like smoking
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Is there any rule for shortening of names of people? [closed]

In Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, four sisters are named Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth respectively, but later I realized their full names are Josephine, Margaret, Amy and Elizabeth respectively. The ...
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Cultural references related to names Lesley and Lindsay

Ted: You know, I'm proud of you--Lesley. Tim: Back at you, Lindsay. Source: The Boss Baby 2017 When the name Lesley is mentioned one character laughs and the other gets embarrassed. Clearly ...
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Adams are four brothers

Adam is a person's name. So, can I say: Adams are four brothers. In my language it's possible. We always make plural of people's names.
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Article before a proper noun?

I can't tell exactly when an article "the" should go before a proper noun. For example both sound right to me in the following examples: These stuffs are imported from United States. These stuffs ...
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Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's [closed]

Some institutes are called Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's. Saifur is a person's name. His language institute reads 'S@ifur's. My question is why this institute is named with an apostrophe 's' at the ...
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What's the proper use of titles in sentences?

How should one uses titles in sentences? Should I capitalize the title? I talked to General Lee. or not, I talked to general Lee. And if the name is not mentioned, but I'm talking about the ...
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When should one use articles with adjective+proper noun?

I've always thought that we don't use articles when the adjective is descriptive as in "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas". And that we do use them when the adjective makes the proper noun different from ...
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No more Hiroshimas - Can proper nouns be plural form?

No more Hiroshima - I have listened that is not wrong, but this is different to what I'm aiming for. Instead of it, I can say 'no more Hiroshimas'. I have a question about it. Why is Hiroshima ...
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Do you pronounce foreigners' names with the foreign pronunciation?

Some names, like "Michael" sound dramatically different depending on whether you pronounce them the German or English way. Which one do you use when talking in English?
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Should “Roosevelt was re-elected the President” have “the” and “as”? [duplicate]

"Roosevelt was re-elected the President of the United States for the fourth time." I wonder why "the United States" should get rid of "the?" And is it necessary to add "as" behind "re-elected"?
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How to pronounce 'GB' (the island)?

When talking about United Kingdom or United States people often pronounce the letters of the abbreviation like "you kay" (UK). However, I have never noticed anyone spelling out 'GB'. Is it somehow ...
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How to better express the idea of “advantages are supported by”

I'm writing an essay about the benefits of eating only vegetables and fruits. This is my discussion statement, which links the supporting statement to my point of view. Advantages of vegetarian ...
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When someone injects Botox to her face

Please imagine someone injects Botox to a part of his / her face. What is the most natural way in common English to say it? For me, all of the following examples work, but I have no idea which one ...
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Should adjectives derived from people's name start always with an uppercase letter?

I've seen adjectives like "Guassian" (e.g., Guassian elimination) or "Bayesian" (e.g., Bayesian networks) which derive from people's names. In the previous examples, "Guassian" derives from "Gauss" ...
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Is the rephrasing of “city of Brandfield” to “Brandfield city” correct?

In the process of preparing for IELTS, I was practicing Writing Task 1. In the task it is said: Below is a map of the city of Brandfield. ... Commonly, the first sentence of an essay should ...
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“That house is made…” – of vs. from vs. with vs. by (a material)

For example: That house is made of the Stone. That house is made from the Stone. That house is made with the Stone. That house is made by the Stone. Which of these prepositions is correct ...
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Is there a proper noun for the person being proposed for a job interview? [closed]

In a proposing a proposer propose a blank for a job. I am not sure if it exists.
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Pluralization of an Plural Proper Noun (Organization)

I work for the University of Southern California's USC Games department. How would I indicate possessive ownership of items belonging to that department. Is USC Games' student developers ...
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Batman: a compound noun or a proper noun?

Is Batman a compound noun since it is made up of two nouns? Or being a name it remains only a proper noun?
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How to relate a value to a name

I read: It may be preceded by the heading INTRODUCTION. In this example "Introduction" comes immediately after "heading" and "heading" gets "the". Is it a common way to express such constructions? ...