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Capitalization Rules

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Carmen Rhodes

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Top 10 (or so) Rules Capitalization Rules
When he tells a joke, he sometimes forgets the punch line. You always capitalize the first word of a sentence. The last time I visited Atlanta was several years ago. Capitalize the pronoun "I" Capitalize proper nouns (the names of specific people, places, organizations, and sometimes things. Worrill Fabrication Company
Golden Gate Bridge
Supreme Court
Livingston, Missouri
Atlantic Ocean
Mothers Against Drunk Driving I sent a thank-you note to Aunt Abigail, but not to my other aunts.
Here is a present I bought for Mother.
Did you buy a present for your mother? Capitalize family relationships (when used as proper names) She worked as the assistant to Mayor Hanolovi.
I was able to interview Miriam Moss, Mayor of Littonville. Formal titles are always capitalized. Examples:
Halloween
October
Friday The days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays (but not the seasons used generally) winter
spring
fall Honda
Dell
Skullcandy
Pepsi Capitalize the first word in a sentence that is a direct quote. Victorian Era
Great Depression
Constitutional Convention
sixteenth century Capitalize periods and events (but not century numbers)
Costa Rica
Spanish
French
English Exception: Seasons are capitalized when used in a title.
The Fall 2012 semester Capitalize the major words in the titles of books, articles, and songs (but not short prepositions or the articles "the," "a," or "an," if they are not the first word of the title) One of Jerry's favorite books is The Catcher in the Rye.
Green Bay Packers
African-Americans
Anti-Semitic
Democrats
Wildlife Rehab of Greenville
Chinese Emerson once said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Capitalize trademarks Capitalize the names of countries, nationalities, and specific languages Members of national, political, racial, social, civic, and athletic groups: What Not to Capitalize - Rules Do not capitalize seasons of the year.
Example: winter, fall/autumn, spring, summer Do not capitalize school subjects unless they have a number or name a language.
Example: science, social studies, history, calculus
Example: Earth Science 202, Social Studies 301, English, Spanish, English 101 Do not capitalize words like north when they are given as a direction.
Example: Turn northeast on this block.
Do not capitalize regions of a state, county, or city.
Example: Their new home is in northwestern Maricopa County.
Words like "northwest" are capitalized only when they refer to a geographic region.
Example: Phoenix is located in the arid Southwest. Do not capitalize the name of a career unless used in a title.
Example: My mother is a doctor.Example: Doctor Kilby is now in the office. Do not capitalize animals.
Example: cow, rat, duck
If a proper adjective is part of the animal's formal name, the proper adjective portion of the animal's name should be capitalized.
Example: Siamese cat, German shepherd
Do not capitalize plants.
Example: pine tree, grass, shrub
If a proper adjective is part of the plant's formal name, capitalize the proper adjective but not the name of the plant.
Example: Kentucky blue grass, English ivy
Do not capitalize musical instruments.
Example: flute, piano, violin
If a proper adjective appears with the name of a musical instrument, capitalize the proper adjective but not the name of the musical instrument.
Example: French horn, Spanish guitar
Do not capitalize games or dances.
Example: checkers, hop scotch, tango
If a proper adjective appears with a game or dance, capitalize the proper adjective but not the name of the game or dance.
Example: Mexican hat dance, Chinese checkers
Life
Monopoly
Uno
Trivia Pursuit
Battleship
Capitalize the name of commercial games.
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