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Old 10-10-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Titles and caps?

If I just say

Sue went to the temple

Then t in temple is lower, correct? But if I say

Sue went to the Temple of Bob

Is temple there with a capital or lower t?

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Old 10-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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I think that if it's a generic temple then it's lower case but if you are identifying a place by name it's in caps for the 1st letter. The same applies for naming other things as well.
For example if you're having fried chicken it's lower case but if you're having Kentucky Fried Chicken it's in upper case.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:42 AM   #3
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I think that if it's a generic temple then it's lower case but if you are identifying a place by name it's in caps for the 1st letter. The same applies for naming other things as well.
For example if you're having fried chicken it's lower case but if you're having Kentucky Fried Chicken it's in upper case.
That's right. "T" if you're using it like the name of the place, "t" if you're just mentioning a place.

Like "Region" if you mean "Region Bank." Or "region" if someone's going to like a region. (I know that's a ridiculous analogy, but I'm tired and can't think right now.)
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:31 AM   #4
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Is "temple" part of the name or just reference to the location/building?
The way I see it, if the temple itself is actually named "Temple of Bob", then it would need an uppercase T. However if it's just a temple of Bob (equivalent to it being "the house of Bob", or "the house of my neighbor") and simply describes the location/building, then it does not take an uppercase T.

So both Temple of Bob and temple of Bob could be right, depending on context.
Just as "temple" by itself could take an uppercase T if that's actually the name of it, but a lowercase T if it only describes the location/building.
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I did some additional research. If it's just a temple then it's a noun (a person place or thing) but if it's a specific temple then it's a proper noun (A proper noun or proper name is a noun representing a unique entity (such as London, Jupiter, John Hunter, or Toyota), as distinguished from a common noun, which represents a class of entities) so it's like the difference between 'man' and 'George Washington'. One is a general term and the other identifies a specific individual. When someone/something is named specifically it's usually capitalized. Or at least that's my experience. We don't refer to 'Pres. Obama' as 'pres. obama' for example. I got the definition of a proper noun from Wikipedia.
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