Punctuation and Capitalization

Are you hooked on commas? Are you possessive about apostrophes? Do you think hyphens look dashing? This category is for questions related to the use of certain marks to separate words into sentences and clauses and capital letters in writing.

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Scattergories and Words Starting with Certain Letters
Punctuation and Capitalization

Should instrument start with a capital letter?

The words that should start with a capital letter are places, names, important words in a title, and the letter at the start of a sentence.

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Names and Name Meanings

Do you capitalize international sports federations or not?

Yes you do.

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Punctuation and Capitalization
Treaties

Does the word treaty need to be capitalized?

No, unless you are refering to a specific treaty, (ex. Treaty of Versailles)

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Planet Mars
Punctuation and Capitalization

Do you capitalize martian?

No. The word martian is a common noun. Common nouns are not capitalized unless there is another reason to do so, such as beginning a sentence or being part of a title.

Comments: I think "Martian" should be capitalised, but I don't think there's a strict rule about it. I think Martian is usually an adjective from the "proper noun" Mars.

Perhaps someone knows better.

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Academic Writing
Punctuation and Capitalization
Essays

Are exhibition names italicized?

Not usually, but their initial letters are capitalized as for any title, such as American Centennial World Exposition.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

What punctuation mark indicates an emotional reaction?

An exclamation mark indicates an emotional reaction.

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Grammar
Punctuation and Capitalization
Commas Colons and Semicolons

Do you use a comma after both?

If you mean in a sentence such as, "I believe that the new hours will work best for both the store and its patrons", then no a comma is not needed.

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Academic Writing
Punctuation and Capitalization
Apostrophes and Ellipses

How do you use Luis on an apostrophe?

If you mean What is the possessive form of Luis? it is Luis's.

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CD and DVD Drives

IS CD compact disc capitalized?

"CD" is capitalized because it is an abbreviation for "compact disc", but "compact disc" is a common noun so would not be capitalized.

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Pregnancy
Punctuation and Capitalization
English Spelling and Pronunciation

How many ways are there to spell scissor?

While there may be many ways to misspell "scissor," in English, there is only one way to spell it correctly: s-c-i-s-s-o-r.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should the word country be capitalized?

Country is not a proper noun, so it only needs to be capitalised at the start of sentences. Country is not a proper noun, so it only needs to be capitalised at the start of sentences.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should you capitalize the word teacher?

Not normally, unless it is a proper name.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should you capitalize seasons?

No, seasons are common nouns. If the names of the seasons are used as a proper name, then yes, capitalize them.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should you capitalize RSVP in a sentence?

Yes, it is an acronym. The correct was to write this is R.S.V.P. It is written like this because it stands for something else.

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Dashboard Lights and Gauges
Algebra
Punctuation and Capitalization

What does an exclamation mark mean in algebra?

The exclamation mark almost always indicates factorial, i.e. n! = 1*2*3*...*n. Therefore 4! would be 1*2*3*4 = 24. Additionally, the exclamation mark can indicate negation, e.g. in computer programming and logic.

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Nouns

Do you capitalize swine flu?

No, you don't. The words "swine" and "influenza" are not proper nouns.

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Academic Writing
Punctuation and Capitalization
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Block quotations contain an exception to the rule for using what punctuation mark in citations?

A period is the exception. Any punctuation can be used in block quotations. Periods are not used within a cited quotation, but after its source.

In APA, block quotations don't use the quotation marks, but are indented 1/2 inch.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should the word tweet be capitalized?

No, it can be used in different ways, but none of which need to be capitalized. It is also usually a verb, not a noun.

The bird said tweet tweet tweet.

Today, I went and left a new tweet on Twitter.

I tweeted all about that yesterday.

The morning was full of sweet tweeting sounds.

The only exceptions would be the beginning of a sentence, or if it is an actual proper noun.

Tweeting on Twitter is my favorite.

Sylvester always wants to catch Tweety Bird.

I went to the new shoe store the other day. It is called Tweet Feet.

The new Tweet Mapper program is interesting.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should silicon be capitalized in a sentence?

I think it doesn't necessarily have to be capitalized in a sentence unless it is the main subject or something

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should sun be capitalized?

If you are referring to the concept of a sun in general, as in saying, "our solar system has one sun," then, no, it should not be capitalized. If you are instead referring to the Sun, as in, the flaming centor of our solar system which makes life on Earth possible, then yes, capitalize it as you would any proper name.

The latter is also true for any newspaper or other entity with "The Sun" in its title, like "The Baltimore Sun" or "A Raisin in the Sun."

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Sentence and Word Structure
Punctuation and Capitalization
Example Sentences

What is a sentence with the word earth science?

Today we learned about Earth Science, which is the study of the Earth and its history.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Do you capitalize Medicare?

I do. Just like I would Social Security, or Medicaid, or any entity or business name.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Do you capitalize 'not' in a title?

Yes.

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Punctuation and Capitalization

Should doctor be capitalized in an essay?

If it gives the name of the doctor yes

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Punctuation and Capitalization
Apostrophes and Ellipses
Periods Exclamation Points and Question Marks

Is there a capital letter after exclamation point?

If you use an exclamation point, then you've probably just ended a sentence. For instance, "I won the lottery!"

If you end a sentence, then the next sentence must begin with a capital letter (usually). There are some different uses of exclamation points as they relate to capital/lowercase letters. For example, if you're writing, "I won the lottery!" the next sentence would logically begin with a capital letter. So you might say, "I won the lottery! I'm going to buy a new car."

BUT, sometimes the rules can change. In Shakespeare, for example, one-word interjections followed by exclamation points are often followed by a lowercase word. For instance, one might say, "Lo! he is swooning with love."

Or, if you're quoting someone as saying, "Hey!" then your sentence might be something like this: "'Hey!' he said."

Usually, though, you can assume that your next word after an exclamation point should be capitalized.

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