Isn't it improper to spell God with a small "g?" Any reference to Him should hav

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  1. word55 profile image68
    word55posted 9 years ago

    Isn't it improper to spell God with a small "g?" Any reference to Him should have a capital letter.

    Is it true or false? Briely explain

  2. JennyDelToro profile image61
    JennyDelToroposted 9 years ago

    It's improper only if it's a proper noun. If you're referring to someone's god it can be lower case, if you're referring to God, it should be capitalized.

    1. Faith Reaper profile image82
      Faith Reaperposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer.

  3. tsmog profile image85
    tsmogposted 9 years ago

    Wow! What an interesting question especially with grammar, language, and customs. I would think perspective comes in to play with that while surely that would be a field day for aficionados of etiquette. I am stumped while pondering especially since I am ignorant of languages foreign to English while am not an English grammar expert by any means.

    Questions could be asked assuredly as there are belief systems that seemingly would not recognize God as the supreme deity, so why capitalize it other than respect. For instance would a Buddhist writer capitalize the word? I ponder perspective regarding the contrast presented with the author / writer and of audience.

    A common occurrence is to capitalize Zeus (Odin) while one usually would say Zeus (Odin) is 'a' god while not saying Zeus is God. Yet, if one adheres to that as a belief system then is it not proper with the first person to capitalize it thus Zeus (Odin) is God? I would suppose with writing that may give impact to what is being authored presenting perspective with tense - first person or third person while also historical significance may enter.

    hmmmmm . . . perplexing for me of least. I shall ponder that for adventures with writing in the future. Hopefully more will offer enlightenment regarding your question.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image84
      Venkatachari Mposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer. I agree with you.

  4. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 9 years ago

    i remember that GOD should be in capital G and HIM should be in capital H if referring to GOD alone.

  5. NightDude profile image60
    NightDudeposted 9 years ago

    Well from a religious stand point ones who worship God may take offence over God not being capitalized. Due to God being a very important key stone in life. From a grammar stand point depending on how you use it. If you use it like " Oh god what have you done now" than I wouldn't think so,But if you use it directly as a name Like "God our heavenly father" than yes it should be. because it's the name certain individual. Just  like you'd say "My brother Bob or Johnie Sue"  This is just the way I see it from what I've learned. It's not 100%. I hope this helps some.

    1. Venkatachari M profile image84
      Venkatachari Mposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think your argument is reasonable and agree with you.

  6. chuckandus6 profile image77
    chuckandus6posted 9 years ago

    What if this was a typographical error?In this case the  question being is it more important our views or God's forgiveness of our imperfections?

  7. word55 profile image68
    word55posted 9 years ago

    chuckandus6, you got off the point of the question.

    1. chuckandus6 profile image77
      chuckandus6posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I just feel that I had to put in comment because this is a scenario that could cause  non capitalization of God and not done out of disrespect.

    2. word55 profile image68
      word55posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ok Nichol,  understood.

  8. The Examiner-1 profile image61
    The Examiner-1posted 9 years ago

    It is unless you do not realize that you have made the error.

  9. loriann2015 profile image61
    loriann2015posted 9 years ago

    of is improper n an act of disrespect to spell God with a small also makes it dsame with other small gods. the capital letter G shows we are referring to d Almighty God...

    1. chuckandus6 profile image77
      chuckandus6posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Saying D Almighty God isn't offensive?

  10. M. T. Dremer profile image82
    M. T. Dremerposted 9 years ago

    Grammatically, "God" should be capitalized when it's used as a name (They spoke with God) and lower-case when the word is descriptive (Zeus is a god.) At least, that's how I've always interpreted it. Though in religious texts, the capitol "God" extends to his pronouns "Him" and "He" to emphasize importance.

  11. Michael-Milec profile image61
    Michael-Milecposted 9 years ago

    Yes. Actually in early days of my learning correctly to "know" English language , someone was addressing "The God" every time when speaking of the Creator, the only living Master of the universe. . .
    A small 'g' without "the" - refers to the rest of man-made gods.

  12. B. Leekley profile image85
    B. Leekleyposted 9 years ago

    I suppose the word god should be capitalized when used as a proper noun, that is, as a name, and not otherwise. For instance, I would capitalize 'god' in the sentence, "Please, God, guide me today if I have a willing mind and heart" and not in the sentence, "Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe there is only one god; Hindus believe there are many gods, as did many peoples in ancient times."

    See what the standard manuals of style used by publishers say.

  13. AUPADHYAY profile image56
    AUPADHYAYposted 9 years ago

    Dear word55, my friend, in my opinion G is a circle which is opened. It may denote the almighty who extracts the miseries and sorrow of all the living beings and returns the blessings and happiness to them. In this way, the transaction of coming in and going outward, is continuously takes place. It can only be done by the almighty. Whereas, g has one or two circles closed in itself which never allows any such type of transaction. Perhaps my view may differ from yours, but at this time I have only this answer to express.

    1. chuckandus6 profile image77
      chuckandus6posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      very interesting I love your answer it is very creative.

  14. tamarawilhite profile image85
    tamarawilhiteposted 8 years ago

    When you believe in the deity, the G is appropriate because it is essentially a title or name.
    When you don't believe in the deity, the small g is OK because you're referring to a thing. For example, writing about the Greek gods.

  15. Ben716 profile image90
    Ben716posted 6 years ago

    In English language, actually all languages, the words we speak or write are divided into eight groups otherwise known as parts of speech. One of them is Nouns. Nouns is further subdivided into eight groups. One of the sub-types of Nouns is proper noun and common noun. God is a proper noun because it is referring to a specific person. god is a common noun since it is not specific as it refers to a god who is everywhere. This is different from proper noun which you can find at a specif place or refers to a specific person. Be it a rat, a cow, a mouse as long as it is worshiped is a god. On the other hand, God is overall, he is bigger, more powerful that is Supreme. Therefore, when you spell God as god you're diminishing his status as to a lower thing. For example, you cannot say God who created everything is the same as god who was created by God. One rules upon the other.


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