Capitalization Exercise (475)

Capitalize or lowercase one or more incorrectly formatted words in each of the following sentences.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: He clicked on the web page’s back button.
Correct : He clicked on the Web page’s Back button.

"Web" is a proper name (a shortening of "World Wide Web"), and names of functional buttons on devices are capitalized.

2.
Original: Some have called for former Vice President Dick Cheney to be tried for war crimes.
Correct : Some have called for former vice president Dick Cheney to be tried for war crimes.

Job titles that precede names are lowercased when they are qualified by a preceding adjective because they are considered to join that word in forming a general description rather than a formal title.

3.
Original: She was reelected as a member of the board of supervisors for the county.
Correct : She was reelected as a member of the Board of Supervisors for the county.

Official names of political bodies are capitalized, but generic names of jurisdictions such as "county" are not; use capitalization only for the full name of a geopolitical area, such as "Smith County."

4.
Original: Morse Code represents the letters of the alphabet, Arabic numerals, and other characters as various combinations of dots and dashes and corresponding short and long signals.
Correct : Morse code represents the letters of the alphabet, Arabic numerals, and other characters as various combinations of dots and dashes and corresponding short and long signals.

The name "Morse" is capitalized, but "code" is not. "Arabic," in the context of the number system, is variously capitalized or styled lowercase in dictionaries and style guides.

5.
Original: The British Empire relied on an extensive infrastructure of Colonial administration.
Correct : The British Empire relied on an extensive infrastructure of colonial administration.

"British Empire" is an official designation, but "colonial" is a simple adjective, not a proper noun used as an adjective.

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