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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 problems for animals and their owners**,** I have learned that poisoning was one of the most common problems which we had to deal with … Read more

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 exorbitant cost of land in urban areas only exacerbated the problem | the forest fire was exacerbated by the lack of rain. Why … Read more

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 looks to me “coach” here functions the same way as “Mom” in “I asked Mom where my book was.” Should … Read more

Why “Section, Chapter, Table, Figure” are capitalized in articles [duplicate]

This question already has an answer here: Chapter, sections, etc. in capital letters? (1 answer) Closed 6 years ago. 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 capitalized? From … Read more

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? Answer No, the dash represents a pause in the sentence, which continues after the dash. Since the sentence did not end you do not capitalize “yes”. For a detailed list of capitalization … Read more

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? Answer It is a T-shirt because its shape reminds of a capital letter T, in the same way an A-frame’s shape reminds of a capital letter A. While it is more correct to … Read more

What does capital ‘L’ signify in labour?

Source: The agriculture minister and his Labour opposite number Is that a mistake? Answer It is not a mistake. Many countries have a political party called the Labour Party. (Or Labor Party, in some countries.) So it has a capital L because it is a name. The agriculture minister is a member of parliament belonging … Read more

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 Guardian: Students sue Virginia university after campus feminist group member killed. Answer In your first sentence, “West Virginia University” is a proper name (proper noun phrase), while in … Read more