Capitalization Exercise (659)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: "These factors were partially offset by improved demand in our other park locations, including Florida," said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
Correct : "These factors were partially offset by improved demand in our other park locations, including Florida," said Joel Manby, president and chief executive officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Job titles are not capitalized after the name of the person who the title refers to. (Also, "chief executive officer" is generally abbreviated to "CEO," even on first reference.)

2.
Original: The wording of the ad could have drawn certain kinds of people, said Mary Jones, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Vice President of Programs for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology.
Correct : The wording of the ad could have drawn certain kinds of people, said Mary Jones, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation vice president of programs for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

Job titles are not capitalized after the name of the person who the title refers to.

3.
Original: I overheard him asking, "Would you like to come over for dinner, mom?"
Correct : I overheard him asking, "Would you like to come over for dinner, Mom?"

When a word for a relative such as "mom" or the more formal "mother" is used as a form of direct address in place of the person’s name, capitalize the term: "I invited Mom over for dinner," but "I invited my mom over for dinner."

4.
Original: She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Correct : She received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.

For awards, scholarships, and other commendations, use the precise name of the commendation, or lowercase the informal or brief version of the name ("best supporting actress").

5.
Original: He wrote in a style that can be described only as homeric.
Correct : He wrote in a style that can be described only as Homeric.

Adjectives derived from personal names are always capitalized (for example, to indicate the four suffix forms, "Sartrean," "Lincolnesque," "Freudian," and "Napoleonic"). But units of measurement (such as "watt"), and other nouns (such as "molotov cocktail"), taken from personal names are styled in lowercase.

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