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    Capital or small letter C for communist?

    Hi,

    Do I write "communist" with a capital 'C' or a small 'c'?

    I've seen both used. If whether a big or small c is used depends on context, could you please provide me with them?

    I know that a capital C is definitely used if the word is used in a name, for example: Chinese Communist Party.

    I'm asking for situations where it is not in a name.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    The Chinese Communist Party is capitalised because it is the official name of the party and is therefore a proper noun. A person with those political persuasions is simply a communist.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    Thanks.

    How about the communist Soviet Union?

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar Please View Post
    Thanks. the communist Soviet Union?
    The word 'communist' is not part of the name of the country, so the first letter is not capitalised.

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    Someone who is a member of a Communist Party is a Communist, in the same way that a member of the Republican Party is a Republican.

    Someone who is an adherent of the basic philosophy is a communist.

    There is a "Libertarian Party" in the US. But it is fairly common (in certain circles, anyway) to hear people who state they are "little l" libertarians. Meaning that they ascribe to a version of libertarian thought, but are not members of the party named "Libertarian" (for a variety of philosophical or other reasons).

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Someone who is a member of a Communist Party is a Communist, in the same way that a member of the Republican Party is a Republican. . . .
    Right. We use the expression "small-c communist" to describe a communist who is not a party member.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    ...and "small-d democrat" to describe Americans who believe in democracy but don't belong to the Democratic Party.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Capital or small letter C for communist?

    It's the same in Britain with the C-word. (C/conservative)

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