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    I am applying for English and noticed in my personal statement I said 'English literature' - I'm not sure if this is right or not. I feel like it should be English Literature. I've had it checked by loads of teachers, including those in the English department, but we must have all glanced past it. Unless it is right? Would this be a really big deal if it isn't? It worries me since I'm hoping to study English. Would they forgive a minor error like this? This also applies for if I misused/missed out a comma or something in any part of my personal statement.

    Is it one of those things where it could be debated whether or not it is a capital letter or not? One of the teachers at my school argues subjects that are not foreign languages should not use capital letters, but then the English department disagree. Is 'English literature' acceptable/right? I suppose I am confused as it is both a title of a subject but also could just be literature which is English.
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    (Original post by screamadelica)
    I am applying for English and noticed in my personal statement I said 'English literature' - I'm not sure if this is right or not. I feel like it should be English Literature. I've had it checked by loads of teachers, including those in the English department, but we must have all glanced past it. Would this be a really big deal? It worries me since I'm hoping to study English. Would they forgive a minor error like this?
    No, it won't matter at all. It's unlikely they'll even notice it.
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    (Original post by screamadelica)
    I am applying for English and noticed in my personal statement I said 'English literature' - I'm not sure if this is right or not. I feel like it should be English Literature. I've had it checked by loads of teachers, including those in the English department, but we must have all glanced past it. Unless it is right? Would this be a really big deal if it isn't? It worries me since I'm hoping to study English. Would they forgive a minor error like this? Or is it one of those things where it could be debated whether or not it is a capital letter or not? One of the teachers at my school argues subjects that are not foreign languages should not use capital letters, but then the English department disagree. Is 'English literature' acceptable/right?
    Literature is not a proper noun. Unless at the start of a sentence it should not be capitalised.
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    Literature is not a proper noun. Unless at the start of a sentence it should not be capitalised.
    Thank you very much. As you were writing this, I edited the original text questioning whether it wouldn't need a capital letter because it is simply literature which is English. I suppose I was just confused because it also could double-up as the title of a subject at school. Thank you very much for the clarification.
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    (Original post by screamadelica)
    Thank you very much. As you were writing this, I edited the original text questioning whether it wouldn't need a capital letter because it is simply literature which is English. I suppose I was just confused because it also could double-up as the title of a subject at school. Thank you very much for the clarification.
    Even as a subject it shouldn't be capitalised. There's a tendency for people to capitalise subjects simply because they study them so think they're important.

    A specific qualification *could* be a proper noun (eg BA English Literature) but that would be specific mention of a qualification and NOT just talking about English lit as a subject.
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    Even as a subject it shouldn't be capitalised. There's a tendency for people to capitalise subjects simply because they study them so think they're important.

    A specific qualification *could* be a proper noun (eg BA English Literature) but that would be specific mention of a qualification and NOT just talking about English lit as a subject.
    Ah, this makes perfect sense. I was a bit confused because I was told otherwise but then would look at university websites with their degrees and notice they had capitalised them in sentences. Thank you very much for all of your advice. Regardless of it being wrong, would subjects being capitalised in an application for English be frowned upon or perhaps overlooked because I am only at sixth form level and we haven't really been taught about proper capitalisation or things like that?
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    (Original post by screamadelica)
    Ah, this makes perfect sense. I was a bit confused because I was told otherwise but then would look at university websites with their degrees and notice they had capitalised them in sentences. Thank you very much for all of your advice. Regardless of it being wrong, would subjects being capitalised in an application for English be frowned upon or perhaps overlooked because I am only at sixth form level and we haven't really been taught about proper capitalisation or things like that?
    It doesn't really make much difference either way. Enough applicants capitalise subjects (and admissions staff do the same :rolleyes: ) that it isn't a mistake that is likely to cause any problems.
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    I've sent mine with "an", instead of "a" (more major than capital letter mistake!) and it didn't affect my offers.
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    It doesn't really make much difference either way. Enough applicants capitalise subjects (and admissions staff do the same :rolleyes: ) that it isn't a mistake that is likely to cause any problems.
    Haha I'm glad! I just really want offers and it's only been two days and I'm very impatient and as I wait I notice I have become very unconfident.

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    I've sent mine with "an", instead of "a" (more major than capital letter mistake!) and it didn't affect my offers.
    That's really great to hear - even my English teachers left some mistakes in my personal statement I had to try to correct and ask them if it was correct!

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    No, it won't matter at all. It's unlikely they'll even notice it.
    I hope so!
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    Haha I'm glad! I just really want offers and it's only been two days and I'm very impatient and as I wait I notice I have become very unconfident.



    That's really great to hear - even my English teachers left some mistakes in my personal statement I had to try to correct and ask them if it was correct!



    I hope so!
    I believe that my tutor didn't even glance at the application! There's an annoying anaphora of "read" and "to" instead of "of". Oh ah, I was worried too, for no reason.
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    I believe that my tutor didn't even glance at the application! There's an annoying anaphora of "read" and "to" instead of "of". Oh ah, I was worried too, for no reason.
    Hopefully I can get a positive reply from a uni to reassure me soon, I swear I'll stop looking at my personal statement that I can no longer amend from now on haha
 
 
 
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