Capitalization Exercise (760)

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

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The assassin bug is blamed for recently infecting twelve people in Texas with a parasite that causes Chagas Disease.
Correct : The assassin bug is blamed for recently infecting twelve people in Texas with a parasite that causes Chagas disease.

A word that is part of the name of a disease should be capitalized only if it is a proper noun.

2.
Original: The company’s Regional Director of Operations was fired soon after the incident.
Correct : The company’s regional director of operations was fired soon after the incident.

Job titles should be capitalized only directly preceding the name of the person who holds the title.

3.
Original: The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the sample, eleven Becquerels per cubic meter of seawater, is 50 percent higher than other samples collected along the West Coast so far.
Correct : The level of radioactive cesium isotopes in the sample, eleven becquerels per cubic meter of seawater, is 50 percent higher than other samples collected along the West Coast so far.

Names of scientific units, though often derived from the surnames of scientists or inventors (as here and as in the case of more common terms such as "watt," "volt," and "hertz"), are not capitalized. "West Coast" is correctly capitalized in reference to the western edge of the United States.

4.
Original: I had a fairly easy time studying Algebra, but Calculus was very difficult for me.
Correct : I had a fairly easy time studying algebra, but calculus was very difficult for me.

Names of academic subjects are capitalized only when one or more words are proper nouns (as in "English literature") or in the name of an academic course (as in "Psychology 101").

5.
Original: "Trees are indeed more expensive this year due to the drought," Whole Foods Regional Produce Coordinator Taryn Wolf said.
Correct : "Trees are indeed more expensive this year due to the drought," Whole Foods regional produce coordinator Taryn Wolf said.

When a job title preceding a name is modified by one or more words before it that qualify the title, the normally capitalized job title is lowercased because it joins the modifying word or phrase as a description (compare "President Barack Obama" and "former president George W. Bush").

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