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|English to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: orthography|
|When do you write nouns in capital letters in English?|
Please make examples.
|English translation:From Bartleby.com:|
CAPITALS, CAPITAL LETTERS, CAPITALIZATION
Capital letters are an important part of English spelling. Generally speaking, English capitalizes the first letter of the first word in a sentence, as in Summer is my favorite season, the pronoun I and usually the pronouns whose referent is the Deity, as in Praise Him, and all proper nouns, such as the names of people, places, events, titles of literary and other artistic works, and the like (as in Frederick S. Smith, Akron, Ohio, the Fourth of July, Pride and Prejudice, etc.), and the adjectives and nouns in proper names that are in phrase form as in International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. But note that in titles of literary and other artistic works, usually articles, conjunctions, and prepositions are not capitalized unless they are the first words in those titles: Pride and Prejudice, Of Human Bondage, The Mill on the Floss. Since the details of capitalization required to meet the style of a given press or publication may sometimes be idiosyncratic, you should consult a desk dictionary or your publisher’s manual of style.
UP STYLE, DOWN STYLE
An up style of capitalization (and to some minds punctuation as well) tends to use a good deal of each; a down style uses as little of each as possible. In an up style, both Elm and Street are capitalized: Elm Street; a down style capitalizes only Elm: Elm street. An up style punctuates a series thus: a dog, a cat, and a duck; a down style does it: a dog, a cat and a duck. If your words are intended for print, find out which style your publisher prefers and adhere to it.
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Proper nouns, proper names, abbreviations.
However, you can do it whenever you feel like it, just like in most of the languages. When you write poetry you can start every word with capital letters.
Rules are made to be broken, they change with time. People change them. If they want to. Some don't want to change the rules. They think that language is dogma.
Note added at 2004-01-17 12:30:18 (GMT)
...than some old professor of English who worries to much about rules and because of that his language is dry and unexpressing.
Maupassant, Hugo, Dostoevsky and many others were all called \"illiterate\", but we read THEM and not the \"proper\" ones :)