•Capitalize the First Word of a Sentence
Should you capitalize or not? Refer to the below list of capitalization rules for most general writing and correspondence.Also See:Punctuation and Capitalization
he is a very respectable girl.
ow can you jump so high?
aptain of the ship is having lunch with us.
•For titles of books, magazines, journals, plays capitalize first and last words and all the words except for the articles, prepositions, conjunctions with less than 5 letters.(a, the, for...)
Gone with the Wind
The Boston Globe
I Am America
Pride and Prejudice
•Proper nouns, including the names of racial and ethnic groups; countries, nationalities, their languages, religious, etc. are capitalized.
Mr. PerkinsProper Adjectives
a British accent
•Capitalize the names of specific places, regions, parks, mountains, streets...
Sun Valley Road
the West Coast
•Names of the weeks, months, holidays
Friday, July, Veterans Day...Note:
Centuries and decades are not capitalized.
the twenty-first century, the eighties (the '80s)
•Governmental assemblies, departments and bureaus
the United States Congress
the Federal Bureau of Investigation
the Department of Homeland SecurityNote:
Articles, conjunctions and prepositions shorter than 5 letters are not capitalized.
•Titles of rank when they precede a specific name
Governor Schwarzenegger, Mr. Duncan, Mayor Edwin
governor of California, mayor of San FranciscoNote:
Some higher rank titles may be capitalized even without a proper name.
The President arrived yesterday.
•Titles and abbreviations of titles that follow a name when addressing the person
Edgar Davids, Esq.
Maxim Smith, Editor
•Names referring to God by any religions and the names of sacred literature
Lord, King of Kings, Allah, the Bible, the Koran, BuddhaNote:
The pronoun he, his, him is capitalized if it's referring to God.
The man prayed to God hopping He
might save him.
•Historical events, periods, documents
the Vietnam War
the Stone Age
the Declaration of Independence
•The Pronouns "I"
I am a student.
Jerry and I are building a castle.
Why do I have to go?
•Proper nouns, brand names (shampoo, automobiles, ships, people, monuments, mountains...)
John, Colgate tooth paste, BMW, Ford, the Gateway Arch Memorial, University of Berkeley
•Capitalize all words in titles of distinction
•Capitalize abbreviations of capitalized words
NATO, U.S.A, FBI, CIA, EU
•Directions north, south, east, west... are capitalized IF they are used as a noun referring to a particular area of a country
I am going to drive north. (direction as adverb and not capitalized)
We live in the Northeast. (this one is a particular area and used as a noun)
•Do not capitalize father, mother, uncle, aunt... unless they are used as proper names
Uncle Sam, Mother Mary
my uncle, her mother
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