Re: Career questions: databases

From: '69 Camaro <ForwardZERO_SPAM.To.69Camaro_at_Spameater.orgZERO_SPAM>
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2007 18:41:54 GMT
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>> Keith was gently pointing out that the word "English" is a proper noun. 
>> Proper nouns should always be capitalized, even if your name is e.e. 
>> cummings.  ;-)

> Since english is neither a person nor a place nor an event, and since one
> can limit it with modifiers like any and some as in "She speaks some
> english, and he doesn't speak any english", I respectfully disagree.

A proper noun is a noun which names a particular person, place, or thing. The English language is a particular language. Language is a thing, so any particular language should be capitalized, such as French, German, Chinese, et cetera. Derivatives of proper nouns are capitalized when used in their primary sense, such as English saddle, but not when used for a specialized meaning, such as french fries or chinaware.

Check your dictionary or online English grammar guide for proper usage:


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