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    Capitalization

    Hi,

    I, an Instructional Writer in an e-learning company in India, get fussed while capitalizing Proper Adjectives;for example, in the sentance: Here comes my Girl Friend Laxmi.
    Is it appropriate that I've capitalised G and F in the word "Girl Friend" as it is forming a part of the Proper Noun "Laxmi".
    Pls explain.

    Thanks and regards,
    Pradeep

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    Re: Capitalization

    Welcome, nagarapradeep.

    Capitalize a name.

    Ex: Here comes my Girl Friend, Laxmi.
    Ex: Here comes Laxima, my Girl Friday.
    Note, don't forget the comma.


    Does that help?

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    In some countries, using the term 'girl' tends to denote inferior status, as in calendar girl or Girl Friday. More neutral terms for these examples would be model and office assistant or secretary. (Source, one of many) Now, that's not to suggest that you shouldn't use the term Girl Friday, but the old adage is a keeper: knowledge is power.

    All the best
    Last edited by Casiopea; 20-Jun-2007 at 15:38.


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    Re: Capitalizing Proper Adjectives

    Hi,

    Thanks for the significant feedback. But my concern here is: when should I have to capitalize the Proper Adjectives? Is there any rule that says: If the Proper Adjective is complementing a noun in a Nominative Case or Accusative Case, then...
    Pls help me in clarifing the issue.

    Warm regards,
    Pradeep


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    Re: Capitalization

    I would have said "my girl friend Laxmi".
    "Laxmi is my Girl Friday" = "Girl Friday" is a recognised idiomatic phrase.

    It would really help if you can provide an example from your work. Normally only the proper nouns require capitalization, unless there is a specific term involved.

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    Re: Capitalizing Proper Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by nagarapradeep
    If the Proper Adjective is complementing a noun in a Nominative Case or Accusative Case, then...
    Capitalization is about morphology. It works at the word level, not the sentence level (i.e., subject, object), unless, that is, the word in question begins a sentence, in which case it is capitalized.

    Given your example sentence, there are two variants:

    1. girl Friday <an occupation; e.g., secretary, assistant>
    2. Girl Friday <a name>

    Etymology: 1940s: modelled on Man Friday, Crusoe's servant and companion in Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
    Definition of girl Friday

    Does that help?

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