capitalize spring season

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Do I capitalize the seasons of the year such as Spring, Fall, Winter, and Summer when using them in a sentence?

asked Feb 01 '12 at 05:41 Jerry Lipchik New member

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No, seasons are not capitalized (except, of course, at the beginning of a sentence).

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 05:56 Rhydon New member
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Unless the season is part of a proper name, no, you should not capitalize.

 

It is a lovely winter day.

I remember watching Summer Sanders train for the Summer Olympics in the spring of 1988.

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 05:58 Rik Kluessendorf Contributor
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We do not capitalize the seasons of the year. 

Nouns referring to things like seasons are capitalized or not based on pretty much pure chance, I think. We capitalize days of the week and month names, but in Spanish they don't even do that. I'm not sure these would technically be considered proper nouns anyway, since they do not refer to an actual object, but a generally-agreed upon standard for naming of time. You might as well ask why "noon" and "midnight" are not capitalized. The answer is the same, they're just not by convention.

 

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link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 15:35 Jennifer Monroy New member
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I know the "rule" is to not capitalize the seasons, but I completely disagree with it. Those are their names and therefore SHOULD ALWAYS be capitalized!  Just like the months and days of the week.  Part of my job is editing, and it drives me crazy when I have to lowercase them for some publication ... but I always capitalize them in my own writing.

link comment answered Jul 30 at 18:57 Lynn Hoffman New member
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Lynn, I am an editor, too. And I agree with you entirely!

link comment answered Aug 08 at 23:26 Michael Ashley New member
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I think they deserve to be capitalized! :)

link comment answered Sep 03 at 20:28 Myriam Lluria Sitterson New member

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