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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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 answered Feb 01 '12 at 15:35 Jennifer Monroy New member

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Strings of the heartAug 17 at 22:36

After reading all the comments I'm back to square on. Should I or shouldn't I? Thank y'all.

Strings of the heartAug 17 at 22:42

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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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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 '14 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 '14 at 23:26 Michael Ashley New member
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I think they deserve to be capitalized! :)

link comment answered Sep 03 '14 at 20:28 Myriam Lluria Sitterson New member
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I think the seasons need to be capitalized!Like  Winter,Spring,Fall,and lets not forget ... Summer!!!

   

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link answered Apr 28 '15 at 23:32 Abineet New member

Maybe it can be capitalized when you remember to put the apostrophes in with your conjunctions (Let's)???

Dec 13 '15 at 21:05

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It was universally taught in the 1970's that the seasons ARE capitalized.  They are the proper names of the times of the year.  The words themselves can be used as adjectives (summer dress) or as common  nouns (metal spring), but the seaons are proper nouns, such as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I don't know when (or if) the rules changed, but if they did, it was sometime between my college years and now.  Any explanations to the contrary are illogical.

link answered Oct 14 '15 at 02:07 Joe jyavorni@bw.edu New member

This would so explain my inner struggle to this day NOT to capitalize them! I found this discussion board in a Google search to confirm for the billionth time in my life that I'm not supposed to capitalize them. My inner grammar nerd believes strongly that they should be capitalized and feels "wrong" when I don't. :-(

Sandy KendellFeb 02 at 13:24

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No, months of the year are always capitalized:
I went there in March
I went there in the month of March.
I went there on March 21.

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link answered Nov 05 '14 at 15:55 Julie Martin New member

Uh, nobody asked that question....Professional Editor and poet, B.A. English

maryMar 30 at 19:57

Be nice and not so contrary, – mary – '-)

Mark PierceApr 22 at 13:32

Be nice and not so contrary, — mary — '-)

Mark PierceApr 22 at 13:32

Be nice and not so contrary, - mary - '-)

Mark PierceApr 22 at 13:33

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Seasons should not be capitalized in a sentence unless they are personified.  This would most often occur in a line of poetry but not always.

 

 

Example:

 

The atmosphere of the block party was enhanced by Spring flaunting her lovely new clothes.

 

 

Of course capitalize seasons if they begin a sentence or are part of a title.

link comment answered Apr 01 at 18:24 Nancy Wilson New member
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Actually, summer, winter, fall (or autumn) and winter should not be capitalized. Trust me, because I am a college spelling teacher and I know my stuff.

link answered May 14 at 16:23 Bob New member

What kind of college teaches spelling? Aren't you worried about losing your job to spellcheck?

TroyMay 28 at 19:23

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If I am correct than there are times when you would and others when you would not:

I went there in march.

I went there in the month of march.

I went there on March 21.

link comment answered Oct 29 '14 at 18:35 Michael Campa New member

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