Knowing whether seasons, such as spring, are capitalized can be challenging since we frequently see seasons both capitalized and not depending on where you look.
In proper English, the word “spring” is not capitalized. Seasons are considered as common nouns and as a general rule of capitalization, seasons are not capitalized when used in writing. This rule applies to all seasons, including spring.
Can spring be capitalized?
The rule that “spring” is lowercase is general but there are some exceptions in which you should capitalize seasons and capitalize “spring.” The only time you will see the word spring capitalized is when it is used in a title or as the first word of a sentence. Another exception is when the season is personified in poetry or it is a name of an event or a person, such as in “Spring Semester.”
Apart from these three exceptions, the word spring should always start with lowercase. The most common mistake that people make when writing the names of the seasons is getting confused about the capitalization but these rules will help you write it correctly.
What about words after “spring”?
Phrases such as “Spring Break” and “Spring Semester” should be capitalized when referring to specific events such as “Spring Break 2020” or “Spring Semester 2020” but lowercase otherwise.
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