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    #1

    ...complete/had completed. Should "science" be capitalised?

    After she completed/had completed her Science homework, she went for a walk.

    1. Which verb should l use?
    2. Should "science" be in capital?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 15-Mar-2014 at 16:45.

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    #2
    Hello, Tan Elaine.

    1. Both are possible, in my opinion.
    However, in your sentence, the sequence of events is clear with the conjunction 'after' and therefore there is no need to use the past perfect tense.
    2. No, I don't think so. Is there any reason that you think it should be capitalized?

    I hope my response will be of some help to you.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 16-Mar-2014 at 16:33.

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    #3
    I agree that there is no need for the past perfect. "After she finished her homework, she went for a walk" is perfectly clear.
    I, however, would capitalise "Science" in this context. It might just be BrE, but we always capitalised the names of the classes/subjects when I was at school.

    I've got double Geography this afternoon.
    I've got History, then Maths and then Music after lunch tomorrow. It'll be a long afternoon.
    Have you done your Technical Drawing homework yet?
    My worst day at school was Tuesdays. In the morning, I had Latin with Mr Lenman and in the afternoon, I had triple Science. I was sick a lot on Tuesdays!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4
    Unlike ems, I recommend only capitalising school subjects when there is a good reason to do so — such as the first word of a sentence or a language.

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    #5
    I tend to capitalise when I think of them as subjects on a school timetable or as actual lessons, but not as things to be studied in general. Thus I would use initial capital letters in all ems's examples, but would write "I think all children should study English, maths, history, a science and a language until they leave school". I am probably not very consistent.

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