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    teaching 'school subjects'

    Hello,

    I always teach my students to write the school subjects in capital letters.
    In spite of the fact that most couse books present them like this, Iīve come across examples where capital letters are not used.
    Even children say to me that their teacher doesnīt pay much attention to the matter.

    Must school subjects be written in capital letters or not?
    What do grammatical rules say about that?

    Thanks in advance,
    Magg

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    Re: teaching 'school subjects'

    Quote Originally Posted by Magg
    I always teach my students to write the school subjects in capital letters.
    That's great practice. School subjects are also capitalized on the flashcards I have.

    Here's the general idea: If you use a word as a proper noun, then a capital is required. For example, My dad; I love Dad. "Dad" is the name I call him, whereas "dad" is just a word that means "father". Similarly,

    EX: I'm enrolled in Math 202 this year.
    EX: I like math.

    "Math" refers to a specific subject, whereas "math" refers to a subject among many subjects; i.e., I like math: Math 202 and Math 101.

    I took this from the University of Houston's homepage:
    Capitalize academic subjects only when referring to the specific course's full name and number.

    Ex: The Literature 2401 class doesn't have enough students in it.

    Capitalize only names of academic subjects that relate to languages.

    Ex: I studied history last year, but this year I intend to study English.

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