Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. As such, it is expected that any terminology relating to the nation itself, its people or speech should adhere to strict grammatical rules.
So, is Spanish Capitalized?
The simplest answer is yes since Spanish, even when used as an adjective, is referencing a proper noun. However, before any explanation is provided, it is wise to explore which parts of speech the term pertains to as it will facilitate understanding.
1. It is a proper noun
Nouns are names of places, people and things, we all know that. The term “Spanish” can be used as a noun and a proper noun for that matter. For example, if we say: “The Spanish man has just arrived,’ The word “Spanish” represents nationality. Rules of grammar place nationality under proper nouns. The term can just as well be replaced with a real name such as Donald, James or Sarah. This, therefore, forms one of the bases as to why the word “Spanish” should be capitalized.
Additionally, when referring to the language, “Spanish” should be capitalized since it again represents nationality (the language that the Spanish people speak).
2. It can also function as a proper adjective
Any word that modifies a noun is known as an adjective. They come before a noun and are used to give more information about the noun. The term “Spanish” not only plays the role of a noun but can also be an adjective. For instance: “The Spanish Economy is a bit unstable.” The noun, in this case, is the word “Economy.” However, once we add Spanish to the sentence, then the Economy is awarded an identity, a Spanish one to be precise. Thus, the word Spanish modifies the currency as a proper adjective. As per the rules of capitalization, proper adjectives should also be capitalized.
Generally, no matter what part of speech the term “Spanish” represents, it should always be capitalized. I will leave you with the following two examples of how the word can be used as both a proper noun and proper adjective.
- Noun: The Spanish make great food.
- Adj: Barcelona is a Spanish city.