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    Why do I read in some books words like District Atorney beginning with a capital letter and in other books, words like prosecuting attorney which do not begin with a capital letter?
    I think they're both synonyms, aren't they? They're all in the middle of a sentence so that a capital letter should not be required. Even dictionaries seem to contradict each other.

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    A lot will depend on the context. "The District Attorney" is probably referring to a specific office holder, and is his/her honorific title; "the prosecuting attorney" is identifiying that the attorney for the state is the prosecuting attorney, just as the attorney for the defence will be described as "the defence attorney".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Why do I read in some books words like District Atorney beginning with a capital letter and in other books, words like prosecuting attorney which do not begin with a capital letter?
    I think they're both synonyms, aren't they? They're all in the middle of a sentence so that a capital letter should not be required. Even dictionaries seem to contradict each other.
    As Anglika said, "district attorney" cam be a title or a job. When it is a title, it is capitalized; when it is a job, it is not. "Prosecuting attorney" is never a title.

    Every county elects a district attorney.
    The District Attorney (for King's County) filed charges this morning.

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