capitalization - yes or no?


Please tell me if the word center should be capitalized in the second sentence.


Welcome to the new Roanoke Rapids Advocacy Center.  The center provides assistance to members seven days a week.

asked Jul 24 '12 at 19:38 jonel riley New member

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There is some debate in the style manuals over this type of usage.


In a strict, formal sense, center is not capitalized as it is not a proper noun/name. However, some argue that center is an elliptical proper name -- that is, it is being used as shorthand in place of the full proper name. Even the Chicago Manual of Style, perhaps the most conservative of the American style manuals, recognizes the usage. And, although it prefers the noncapitalized form, CMOS advises its editors that authors may insist on the capitalized form. If you do capitalize Center, be sure to do so consistently and only when it stands in for the full name.

link comment edited Jul 24 '12 at 20:34 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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