Capitalization Exercise (547)

In each of the following sentences, correct one or more words that should begin with uppercase or lowercase letters.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services praised the new book.
Correct : Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services praised the new book.

A reference to a company department or division is capitalized only if it is explicitly the full, complete name, as in "The senior vice president of Apple’s Internet Software and Services Division praised the new book."

2.
Original: Apparently, halfway through the second world war, the Nazis had a secret project to build shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat.
Correct : Apparently, halfway through the Second World War, the Nazis had a secret project to build shelters for top leaders in the event of defeat.

Official names of wars are capitalized. (Also, "World War II" is preferable to "the Second World War," though the latter term is acceptable.)

3.
Original: "Just as any agency or business does, BART routinely protects its name and registered trademarks," notes Jane Smith, Communications Department Manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.
Correct : "Just as any agency or business does, BART routinely protects its name and registered trademarks," notes Jane Smith, communications department manager for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

A job title is not capitalized when it follows the name of the person who holds the title. (Also, such phrases often read better when the word or phrase designating the level of responsibility, such as "manager," comes first: "manager of the communications department.")

4.
Original: John Smith, the top Democrat on the US Senate’s Energy and Commerce committee, refuted the claim in a statement yesterday.
Correct : John Smith, the top Democrat on the US Senate’s Energy and Commerce Committee, refuted the claim in a statement yesterday.

In titles of committees, the word "committee" is capitalized unless the title is an informal one and the body is actually a board or a council or has some other official designation.

5.
Original: "Time Magazine" was first published in 1923, featuring a cover illustration of Joseph G. Cannon, former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Correct : "Time" magazine was first published in 1923, featuring a cover illustration of Joseph G. Cannon, former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"Magazine" should not be treated as part of a publication’s title unless it is so, which is rare. "Speaker," when referring to the leader of the US House of Representatives, is always capitalized, even when standing on its own without the office holder’s name.

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