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Question for the grammer aficionados/English majors

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by LiquidMidnight, Feb 3, 2004.


  1. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    In the context of the following sentence, should "yearbook" be capitalized?

    While this may sound like the adage of a cynical philosopher or a poor organizer with no contingency plan, it actually was a quote from the 2000 MoShannon Valley yearbook.

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. If you were simply typing "a yearbook", capitalization would not be obligatory as yearbook is just your average run of the mill noun, much like "hose", "funnel" or "enema kit". But seeing as how it is referred to by a title, and you capitalize all important words contained within the title of a book, magazine, essay, poem, song, etcetera, capitalize away. Don't take my word for it though, as I'm a middle school dropout.

    And yes, the mispelling of grammar caught my attention.
     
  3. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    Yeah, I was wondering if anybody would catch that. :D

    I hate typos.
     
  4. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    You guys need a spell checher :)

    I'd capitalise it.
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Nah - I copied the sentence into "Word" and its grammar and spell checker didn't find anything wrong with it!
     
  6. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    What's the title of the book? If it's The 2000 MoShannon Valley Yearbook then that's your answer right there. What you need to do is clearly identify the document in question by using it's official designation - if in doubt, check with the librarian at MoShannon Valley to see how they file these things away.

    FWIW, I'd also say "it was actually" rather than "it actually was", which flows better to my ear.

    Wulf
     
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Split Infinitive!
     
  8. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    it most definitely SHOULD be capitalised. :)
     
  9. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Is it a split infinitive? I wasn't sure, as it isn't in what I think of as the infinitive form ('to be').

    Wulf
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No - it's not is it, it's just splitting a verb from its subject - a very minor grammatical error!! ;)
     



  11. that's coz microsoft word is the world's worst grammar, syntax and spell-checking software available! :smug:




    hey, those smileys look different!
     
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    OS X has a pretty good SYSTEM-WIDE spell check. :D :D
     
  13. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Non-capitalized, since it is not part of a proper noun.
     
  14. Actually I think you need a spelling checker… unless you're Gandalf, that is…

    - Wil
     
  15. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000

    Yes, I've been debating on the order of "was" and "actually". It does flow better the way you suggested. I think I'm going to change it then.

    Thanks for all the help. :)
     
  16. tappel

    tappel

    May 31, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    From my old college handbook:
    Capitalize common nouns used as essential parts of proper nouns.

    Capitalize it.

    Tom
     
  17. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    I'm not Gandalf, I'm Australian. That's how we spell Capitalise, Specialise, Socialise, anything with eyes. :) Oh yeah, Colour has a U in it and "Checher" was deliberate.
     
  18. I'm English and I agree with you - but I think you missed my point… :meh:

    - Wil
     
  19. Great split infinitive example - "to boldly go where no man has gone before..."

    Should be: "To go boldly..."
     
  20. Matters not sentence word order if Yoda you be... ;)