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Capitalization

The chief reason to capitalize a word is that the word is proper, not because the word has greater status than other words. A proper noun identifies a specific member of a class. A common noun, on the other hand, denotes either the whole class or any random member of the class. For example, King Henry VIII (a particular member of a class) was a king of England (the class itself).

Answering the following question can help you determine whether a noun is proper. If the answer is yes, the noun is probably a common noun.


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