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    Capital letter?

    Dear teachers,
    I have tried to find it several times but my sources contradict each other. In the following sentence:
    A red Vauxhall turned into Jones Street.

    Is it correct to use here a capital letter or should I rather write 'vauxhall'.
    I'll be really grateful for your help.

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    Re: Capital letter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I have tried to find it several times but my sources contradict each other. In the following sentence:
    A red Vauxhall turned into Jones Street.

    Is it correct to use here a capital letter or should I rather write 'vauxhall'.
    I'll be really grateful for your help.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Does "Vauxhall" refer to a make (brand) of car? We Americans would certainly capitalize all car makes: A red Ford turned ....He bought a new Honda.


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    Re: Capital letter?

    Yes Vauxhall = Opel in UK.
    I'm asking because in Poland we either capitalize make names or not, for example, when we refer to a whole make we use capital letters (generic use):
    My friend told me an Opel is a good solution.
    But, when someone is driving a specific car we don't capitalize:
    My friend was driving a white opel.

    Do you always capitalize it or do you have similar distinction as in Poland?

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    Re: Capital letter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Yes Vauxhall = Opel in UK.
    I'm asking because in Poland we either capitalize make names or not, for example, when we refer to a whole make we use capital letters (generic use):
    My friend told me an Opel is a good solution.
    But, when someone is driving a specific car we don't capitalize:
    My friend was driving a white opel.

    Do you always capitalize it or do you have similar distinction as in Poland?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I'm 99% sure that Americans would never write: My friend was driving a white ford....a black cadillac.


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    Re: Capital letter?

    (Not a teacher)

    I would say it is always capitalised. The company name, and also the brand/model name. For example, "He drives a white Vauxhall Astra."


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    Re: Capital letter?

    Thank you very much, those differences among languages are terrible.

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    Re: Capital letter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Thank you very much, those differences among languages are terrible.
    I beg to differ. These differences are what add flavor to a rapidly homogenizing world.

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