Should the words Federal Building be capitilized

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Should the words Federal Building be capitilzed? Should the words Feds be capitilized when referring to departments of the United States Government?

Feds asked Dec 21 '13 at 18:44 Dan Downs New member

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With 'Federal Building', it depends on the context.

 The large brick structure is a federal building.  This is a description and would not be capitalized.

I had to go to the Federal Building to apply for a passport.  Here, it's a proper noun.  Most federal buildings are named for people, which would be included in the full name.

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was bombed.

 

I've usually seen 'Feds' capitalized.

The Feds came through the door like a storm.

 

'The Fed' refers to the Federal Reserve System.

link comment edited Dec 21 '13 at 20:04 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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