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Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

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hollyisalovelyname Fri 29-Jan-16 19:12:48

Why do these not get capital letters? Or do they ?
When put into sentences e.g.
In summer, I go to the beach.
In Summer, I go to the beach.
Is Summer a proper noun?
Also is it....
The Earth is round.
The earth is round ?

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Sat 30-Jan-16 08:23:07

Seasons don't get capitals unless, for example, they are part of a "name" (Summer Olympics etc)

Earth gets capitals when it is used as the name for the rock we are on. If it is qualified in any way, "all the people on the earth" it doesn't.

Personally I don't like the logic of that, it confuses my kids no end, but who am I to argue with the rules!

hollyisalovelyname Sat 30-Jan-16 09:20:17

Thank you.
Is the word Summer ( for example) a proper noun?
Is Earth a proper noun?

hollyisalovelyname Sun 31-Jan-16 15:01:55

Are all the pedants really busy over the weekend?

hollyisalovelyname Wed 03-Feb-16 18:48:24


ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 03-Feb-16 20:15:09

Sorry, yes!

CocktailQueen Tue 09-Feb-16 13:33:17

No, seasons are not proper nouns! Proper nouns are names: Edinburgh, James, Jupiter.

Seasons are only proper nouns when part of a wider title, such as the 2012 Summer Olympics.

CocktailQueen Tue 09-Feb-16 13:34:18

The Earth is a proper noun when used to refer to the planet: The Earth is millions of light years from Venus [for example]

[I am digging in the] earth is just a noun, so no cap required.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 09-Feb-16 14:30:11

Oh sorry! Of course, I was still in Earth mode when I answered that blush

hollyisalovelyname Tue 09-Feb-16 16:06:03

Cocktail surely Spring
Winter are proper nouns

OurBlanche Tue 09-Feb-16 16:13:16

No. They are generic nouns. Otherwise, using your confused logic, you would have to also write Chair, House, Shoes, etc smile

hollyisalovelyname Tue 09-Feb-16 16:45:58

Thank you .

OurBlanche Tue 09-Feb-16 16:50:03

It's weird what gets stuck in your logic, isn't it?

Your thread made me doubt North, South, East and West... OK, I really do know the answer, but doubt crept in. Same rules apply, obviously. But I had started to give them excuses to be proper nounssmile

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