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#1 Teodoro



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Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:45 PM

When, if ever, do you capitalize school subjects? Is it math/Math, english/English, history/History? What are the rules on this? Thanks in advance for your help!

#2 fadedstar27


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:54 PM

You capitalize these words when you are using them in conjunction of another word. In other words, when they are proper nouns. For example, "I hate math.", would not be capitalized because it's not a proper noun. However if you use the following sentence, "I dropped my Math book.", you would capitalize the word because it's a proper noun. It's a proper noun because it's describing what kind of book it is.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:09 PM

FadedStar is wrong... "Math" is not a proper noun. (A proper noun is the name of a person or place, like James or Sacramento.) In that sentence, you should not capitalize "math."

Most of the time, don't capitalize school subjects. A lot of people do, but it's grammatically incorrect. They're not proper nouns, they're just normal nouns.

Except "English"; you must always capitalize "English," because the name of a language is always capitalized.

Here's when you capitalize the words of school subjects: when writing the official name of a specific class, like History of Anglo-Saxon Anthropology.

You would write, "I'm going to calculus class," but you would write, "My first class is Advanced Calculus 101."

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