Questions tagged [proper-nouns]

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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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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What do you call the place where you tie a horse?

Can anyone please tell me what is the exact word for this type of arrangement to tie a horse? Or is it just called a stable? [Image source: https://www.reddit.com/r/reddeadredemption/comments/a1hcyo/...
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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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District or district

There was an evaluation by the District. The district employee conducted an evaluation. She works for the District. Can someone confirm if these are capitalized or not? I am confused.
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Proper and Common Nouns Problem

I have been asked to identify proper and common nouns in the following paragraph (which are supposed to be 20, exactly): "Evon Peter is from the Alaskan village of Vashraii K'oo. His goal is ...
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When do I capitalize department in an organization? [duplicate]

Question: I would like to know if in the following sentence that pertains to an organization...if it should be Accounting Department or Accounting department,please? Whatever the answer is...would it ...
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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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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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Definite article 'the' with the word 'painting' when speaking about crafts

I'm writing an article about Russian traditional handicrafts, such as Khokhloma, Zhostovo, and Gzhel. I know the names of these styles/techniques do not require any determiner before them when I use ...
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Articles with names of styles, art movements, and arts & crafts techniques

Would you use articles with names of different styles, movemenets, or names of particular techniques/types of something? Does it matter if I use common nouns with them (i.e. words like "style&...
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An article with a title of a company / brand / project before a common noun

Would you put an article before a proper noun / a title that precedes a common noun when speaking about brands, firms, et cetera? For example: [A/The] Formula One staff responds to fans' questions. [...
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Articles before common nouns when mentioning them with titles

Do we use articles before nouns that are followed by titles? For instance: J. R. R. Tolkien is famous for [the] book "The Lord of the Rings." [The] movie "Fast & Furious" has ...
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can Chemistry/Physics etc be adjective?

I have a chemistry book. I have a physics book. here chemistry/physics tell that what type of book i have hence modifying book (a noun). so is Chemistry/Physics adjectives in above-mentioned sentences....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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what will happen if a proper noun comes after a determiner, will it get capitalized? [closed]

like for example if someone's husband's name is "Jake" and it is used in "my Jake" should it be capitalized since it is a proper noun?
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Jeff at the library

a. Jeff, at the library, says he is going to resign. b. Jeff at the library says he is going to resign. Which should be used if there are two Jeffs and one is trying to clarify which Jeff one is ...
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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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The proper word [duplicate]

Q1. Which one is proper here, "Beside" or "Besides?" Q2. "Beside" and "Besides are never interchangeable here? "...Numerous biodiversity experiments have been ...
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"professor in Houston University"

Should "the" be added in front of "Houston University" in the following sentence? ("the Houston University" sounds not as natural as simply "Houston University" ...
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Word order when writing about (computer program) functions?

I have read a number of books about computer programming, and never thought about this before. However, from one day to another, I started to notice that subprograms, functions, and other specific ...
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Are all city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER?

I have heard all the names of English city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER but I wonder if it is a "rule" and I should pronounce all of them as STER? Gloucester, Leicester, and ...
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Can you make any common noun into a proper noun by simply capitalizing the first letter of each word?

Below is from a document I saw the other day. Announcement regarding Online Compliance Training Seminar In order to cope with the recent increase in the social demand on compliance matters, we have ...
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"the Auckland" or "Auckland" [duplicate]

Can you please let me know which of the following sentences is correct? 1 Because of this reason the Auckland is having greater productivity. 2 Because of this reason Auckland is having greater ...
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Capitalization of nouns which are proper nouns!

Artificial Intelligence - AI. It is now a proper noun. The sentence goes like - "Artificial Intelligence can make better prediction of cholera outbreaks." The capital letters 'A' and 'I' ...
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Which is correct: Betty and he are friends or Betty and him are friends? Please explain. Thank you

Isn't it him is an object pronoun and not subject pronoun. Why do we need to use Betty and him and not Betty and he? Please explain. Thank you.
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What does "screenshot" mean in news titles?

I recently read some articles from cityam.com and found some titles had similar patterns like "Screenshot: blahblahblah...". For example Screenshot: Can social media win the anti-vax war? ...
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The UK has approved a COVID vaccine [duplicate]

What does "The" emphasize in the phrase "The UK has approved a COVID vaccine"? It seems to mean that "UK has approved a COVID vaccine" is itself OK. I am not very sure. ...
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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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"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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Is ‘THE Ukraine' grammatical? [duplicate]

Sometimes, I come across this weird usage of the definite article with the word 'Ukraine'. Keep in mind, it's a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Is it grammatical, and what is the origin of this ...
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Do I need an article if the proper name already contains an article?

Please look at this phrase: the book by H.G. Wells “The Time Machine” Is it OK to use the definite article with "book" if the book title already contains an article? Are the any rules for ...
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Why is "science" in "Bachelor of Science" singular, whereas "arts" in "Bachelor of Arts" is plural?

In the following degrees — "Bachelor of Science" and "Master of Science" — "science" is an uncountable or singular noun. In contrast, in "Bachelor of Arts" and ...
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How to express "Anonymous" when functioning as a proper noun?

Quite a few Chinese novels and movies don't name the main character (or one of the main characters) as Mike or Alice or any name alike. Instead, he/she is called "无名氏". In general, 无名氏= ...
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Your selves, yourselves or neither?

When trying to substitute “subconscious, conscious” with the word “selves” in the following definition: Meditation- the art of becoming one with your subconscious & conscious. ...become one ...
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"the Danube River", "the Danube" or "the River Danube"?

Is there any rules for referring to the name of a river, such as the river + name? For example, when referring to the Danube River, should I say "the Danube River", "the Danube" or "the River Danube"?...
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When do you use determiner "The" before a proper noun?

I've been translating some stories from my mother tongue (Spanish) to English, but I have struggled with certain titles, for example: La Siguanaba in English would be the Siguanaba. This is a unique ...
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Why do people call you a nickname when you introduce yourself with a proper name

As a rule, I always introduce myself using my proper first name, "Thomas". With this I expect people to refer to me and call me by that name. However, there are a significant number of people who go ...
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How do you express your family, 'Smiths' or 'the Smiths'?

I want to express my family in English. As far as I did research, plural form of family name has that meaning. However, I do not fully understand how 'the' works here. Suppose the family name is ...
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When can't we use the article "the"?

There is an exercise about articles. We must put the necessary article in the underlined places, if necessary, and “x” if it is not. There we went shopping at the (Correct is: x) Harrods, visited the ...
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How to use the title of "lady"?

If you had to welcome the writer J K Rowling, would it be appropriate to say "Lady Rowling / Lady J K Rowling, welcome in our school!" or just "Mrs Rowling / Mrs J K Rowling, welcome in our school!". ...
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Can I use the at front of a place's or a building's name?

For example: the Zhong Nanhai. the Tiananmen Square. get to the Tiananmen Square Is it ok?
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Should I use `coated papers` or `Coated Paper`, or either way is fine?

Our company mainly sells printing materials and printing papers, coated papers, offset papers, book papers, light-weight papers, as well as white kraft paper bags, sticky labels, cash register papers, ...
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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.