Quick grammar question

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  1. 2020Intel

    2020Intel Member

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    When referring to the Air Force Academy in essays, do you capitalize the "A" when just saying "academy?"

    Context: "The academy’s comprehensive..." or "The Academy's comprehensive..."

    I find it overly repetitive to keep writing Air Force Academy and it detracts from the sentences.

    Thanks
     
  2. Badge250

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    The official www.usuafa.af.mil website uses a capital "A" when referring to the Academy. I would go with that format. Modern grammar teaches that if an organization has a house-style guide, use that house-style of capitalization. I would consider the repeated capital "A" on the official website the house-style.

    Probably no biggie either way though. I just find these obscure rules of grammar interesting.
     
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  3. brovol

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    Because you are using "Academy" as a shorthand for Air Force Academy I believe you should capitolize, much like you would a nickname for someone. If you are referring to an academy generically then it wouldn't be capitolized.
     
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  4. MombaBomba

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    If I were a grammar Nazi and/or an English teacher, this thread would warm my heart! The younger generation still cares about grammar! Yeah! :groupwave:
     
  5. MombaBomba

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    I forgot to add that I learned something here. I didn't know the rule on the "in house use." Thanks!
     
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  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Style guides
     
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  7. Wishful

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    Capitalize
     
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  8. waiting game

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    For variety, you might also consider using the acronym USAFA, which seems to be used widely on campus.
     
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  9. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    I used a capital "A" when completing my application. It worked. :D


    USAFA is good too.
     
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