I am writing a direct quote and using the writers name at the end. should the first name be capitali


"All young people regardless of sexual orientation or idetity deserve a safe & supportive invironment in which to achieve their full potential."

_Harvey Milk.

See example: _Harvey Milk

asked Oct 27 '12 at 20:46 kim skattebo New member

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All proper nouns are capitalized.  A person's name is a proper noun.  If it is more than one word, almost every word in the name is capitalized.  The exception is small words like of or in.


Harvey Milk

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link comment answered Oct 27 '12 at 22:50 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Personal names -- whether the first name alone, the last name alone, or all names together -- are ALWAYS capitalized regardless of their position in a sentence.


I had the opportunity to meet Harvey Milk while I was in college. He would have objected to being called harvey Milk or Harvey milk -- it is always Harvey Milk, just as you are always Kim Skattebo.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Oct 27 '12 at 22:51 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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