Capitalization Exercise (736)

In each of the following sentences, correct one or more words that should begin with uppercase or lowercase letters but are not.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: In the restaurant business, a tip is a free-market like button on the bill.
Correct : In the restaurant business, a tip is a free-market Like button on the bill.

Words denoting the function of a button on a computer or other device, or suggesting such a function, should be capitalized.

2.
Original: In his autopsy report, a local coroner revealed that Jones had Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia.
Correct : In his autopsy report, a local coroner revealed that Jones had diffuse Lewy body dementia.

Except for proper names, words in names of diseases and medical conditions are not capitalized.

3.
Original: "This initiative provides a model for the country," said John Smith, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Correct : "This initiative provides a model for the country," said John Smith, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

A job title that follows the name of the person who holds the title is generally not capitalized.

4.
Original: Mary Jones, who chaired a Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, supports the measure.
Correct : Mary Jones, who chaired a blue-ribbon commission on marijuana policy, supports the measure.

Use of the article "a" implies that the phrase that follows will be a generic description of a group, not the specific name of one. If the phrase is the exact name, the article "the" should replace "a."

5.
Original: I don’t think that’s what your grandpa meant, Dear.
Correct : I don’t think that’s what your grandpa meant, dear.

Terms of endearment, unlike nicknames, are not capitalized. (Also, "grandpa" should be capitalized only as a form of direct address, as in "I missed you, Grandpa!")

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