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    Default capitalize the first letter

    To clearly mark the facilities, buildings, places for the public or visitors, we usually put a signboard on each of them. Does it need to capitalize the first letter of the word on the signboard? For examples as below.

    1. “playground" or “Playground”
    2. “swimming pool” or “Swimming Pool”
    3. “gymnasium” or “Gymnasium”?
    4. “library” or “Library”

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    Default Re: capitalize the first letter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    To clearly mark the facilities, buildings, places for the public or visitors, we usually put a signboard on each of them. Does it need to capitalize the first letter of the word on the signboard? For examples as below.

    1. “playground" or “Playground”
    2. “swimming pool” or “Swimming Pool”
    3. “gymnasium” or “Gymnasium”?
    4. “library” or “Library”
    I would expect to see the words on those signposts/signboards either all in capitals (PLAYGROUND/SWIMMING POOL) or with the the first letter of each word capitalised (Playground/Gymnasium). The word should be treated as if it is the first word of a sentence and should therefore be capitalised. In the case of a two-word name, capitalise the first letter of each word for consistency (Swimming Pool).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: capitalize the first letter

    Conversely — perhaps perversely — lower case letters are increasingly used deliberately for 'stylistic' reasons where capitals are normally mandatory.

    I still grit my teeth when I see signs like 'liverpool echo arena' and 'the sir percy verance conference centre'.

    Students of the language should be aware of this when they see such examples but be assured that it is not considered to be standard practice.

    Rover

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