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  1. Newbie
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    Proper nouns

    When referring to institutions with the words 'organisation' or 'department' in them, such as 'World Health Organisation' or 'Washington Land Department' the words are written with capital letters because they from part of a title and are proper nouns. When referring to them subsequently but in an abbreviated form that uses only the word itself, should capitals still be used? Are they still proper nouns? Should it be "Applicants keen on working for the organisation should..." or "Applicants keen on working for the Organisation should..." I am assuming that whatever the rule is, it applies to other location-related nouns that often crop up in titles, such as centre, etc.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Proper nouns

    I wouldn't use "for the Organisation". I would use either "the organisation" or "the WHO". Once the full title of the organisation has been given, you can refer to it subsequently by its initials.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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