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    How/when to capitalize Common Compound Nouns

    To whoever can help me, I know there are compound nouns like "toilet paper, ice cream, post office etc." These compound nouns are written as two words, and are considered a common noun.

    When they are used at the beginning of a sentence, how should they be capitalized? Is it:

    Ice cream is the best snack.

    or

    Ice Cream is the best snack.

    The first way seems more common.....something about capitalizing everything, makes me think "ice cream' is a a proper noun, which is not in this case.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: How/when to capitalize Common Compound Nouns

    Your instincts are correct. Only the first word would be capitalized at the beginning of a sentence.

    Ice cream is the best snack.

    Hot dogs are too fattening.

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