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    Grammar Capitalization rules

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    So I have a set of 'gods' in my setting named The Saints. Would I capitalize this? I know you generally don't capitalize gods as the plural makes it a proper noun, but I wasn't sure if it would apply here.

    Also, if somebody says something like "passing saints knew how many" or "by the saints!", would those be capitalized?
     
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    The Saints could be considered correct on two levels:
    1) It's your artistic judgement in your fictional world that this is capitalized
    2) The Saints refers to a very specific group or thing identical to how others say The Bronx or La Seine where both words are part of the name rather than the last.
     
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    So would I also capitalize curses or modifiers with it?
     
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    Not modifiers, no.
    If "the" is integrally part of "the saints", as in you'd never say just "saints" but always "the saints", the would have a capital letter.
     
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    So my examples up above wouldn't be capitalized?
     
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    "In the name of The Saints, I don't know what you were thinking!"
    "By The Saints!"
    "Saint's take you!"
    "I wonder whether The Saints would look kindly down on you."

    I believe this would be entirely acceptable.
    Consider this: god and any deity would have their title capitalized.
    Such as Lord, Almighty, He, Him, Holy Trinity, Holy Host, etc.

    It all depends in the saints are called THE Saints or simply Saints.
    That's what really matters and consistency will make either correct.
     
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    Alright, thank you! You're a Saint, mate!
     
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    Disclaimer: take everything I said with a grain of salt.

    Just remain consistent and if you can justify it, it should be fine :3
    I'm sure someone else on here would love to say the opposite of what I believe works.
     
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    This is ultimately more for my mental well being than anything, seeing as if I didn't ask it'd be bugging me whenever I wrote the word.
     
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    So when you have a number and it starts a sentence, you of course have to spell it out.

    When I have a number like one hundred, do I capitalize both the one and the hundred, since they'd technically be one word?

    Also non grammar question I don't want to spam the forum over, do the rules about 12 days and all apply if you want to critique things in the writer's workshop?
     

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