Noun Capitalization

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When writing about a specific company do you capitalize the word company? If you are then subsequently writing about other unnamed companies in the same letter or brief,  I believe you do not then capitalize the word company? If you then mention another company's name, do you then capitalize that company too when referring back to that company, or only the main subject? I believe it would get too confusing. It is my belief that you would only capitalize the main subject. Please let me know what your thoughts are as soon as possible.

asked Jun 04 '13 at 20:27 Kim Cangelose New member

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You should only capitalize the word company if it is part of the proper name for the company. For example, The Cookie Company is the business name, so all of the words are capitalized.

 

The Cookie Company has been in business for only a year, but this company has expanded and is thinking of opening a second store.

 

The second instance of 'company' is a noun but not a proper noun, so it's not capitalized.

link comment answered Jun 04 '13 at 22:45 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I'm afraid what you've written is very confusing, Kim. Could you resubmit it with some clear examples to show us what you're talking about? Thanks.

link comment answered Jun 04 '13 at 20:33 Richard Firsten Contributor
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Kim, with regards to the second part of your question:  If you then mention another company's name, do you then capitalize that company too when referring back to that company, or only the main subject? I believe it would get too confusing. It is my belief that you would only capitalize the main subject. Please let me know what your thoughts are as soon as possible.

 

If all the companies you're talking about have "Company" as part of their formal titles, you would capitalize Company.  So:

 

The Cookie Company makes delicious cookies.  Another company, based in Houston, makes delicious candy, but the best dessert in the world is made by the Dessert Company.  

 

Note that "the" is not capitalized as part of the title of the Dessert Company but Lewis capitalized it above, as part of the title of The Cookie Company.  That, too, is dependent on the actual name of the company.  Some include "the" in the title; others do not.  I can only think of The Beatles, but I'm sure there are better examples!

link comment edited Jun 07 '13 at 20:29 Guida Brown New member

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