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CaPiTaL lEtTeRs

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Catherine Palmer

on 8 November 2012

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(Notice how they're used in the title!) The Proper Use of Capital Letters Why this matters: Capital letters are important in grammar.
They signify importance in certain words.
There are certain areas that will always need a capital and certain ones that don't. ex.: It just makes sense. Letters are capitalized at the beginning of
sentences! (You're too important not to capitalize!) The pronoun "I" is always a capital ex. Anderson Cooper has a great stylist. Names and nicknames are always capitalized It is important to know when to use capital letters for several reasons. Proper names of locations and people have capitals. Ethnic groups and languages are also capitalized. ex. There are a lot of English people in England. They tend to speak English, or so I've heard. Principle words in titles and subtitles receive, you've guessed it, a capital letter. ex. Han Solo shot first in Star Wars: A New Hope. Don't pretend otherwise, George Lucas. Don't forget to give deities and gods capitalization! ex. Y'all need Jesus A few more tips: Also businesses, organizations, schools and branches of government. ex. I went to Oxford University and now I'm the Minister of Education! Government acts, bills and legislation as well! ex. It's snazzy President Roosevelt passed the New Deal. Don't forget historical eras, documents, battles, wars and events. ex. "The Great Gatsby" dramatizes the darker side of the Jazz Age, which occurred after World War I. Months, days and holidays are also known to get a capital. Seasons, however, do not. ex. I love it when New Year's Day is on a Tuesday as opposed to the weekend because then we get more days off! Acronyms and initials are capitalized. ex. J. D. Salinger went semi-M.I.A after the success of "Catcher in the Rye." EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULES! Capital letters can be used to express various emotions in creative writing or to combat people on the internet.

ex. "DON'T YOU DARE TOUCH MY MILK!" Angela, Ellie and Jessica To my mother... i'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy. I mean that's all I told d.b. about, and he's my brother and all. he's in hollywood. that isn't too far from this crumby place, and he comes over and visits me practically every Week End. He's going to drive me home when I go home next Month maybe. He just got a jaguar. one of those little english jobs that can do around two hundred Miles an hour. it cost him damn near four Thousand bucks. Catcher In The Rye - J. d. Salinger Though traditionally lines of verse would have a capital, such as... FUN FACT: Capital letter rules aren't as old as you may think! Fare thee well! and if for ever,
Still for ever, fare thee well:
Even though unforgiving, never
'Gainst thee shall my heart rebel.
Fair Well Thee - Lord Byron Many artists choose to ignore this rule, however. incomparable blind streets of shuddering cloud and lightning in the mind
leaping toward poles of Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the mo-
tionless world of Time between,

Howl - Allen Ginsberg Capitalization and PR In PR, we can use capital letters in order to stress importance! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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It is important to use proper grammar when working in the industry! Capitonyms and you! ex. "Cancer" pertains to the constellation whereas "cancer" is used for the illness. Certain words change meaning when you capitalize them. VS. They can also change pronunciation! ex. "Polish" and "polish" (They can also add to your brand!) Capitalization and quotation marks 1. Capitals are used if it is a direct reference and the entire sentence is used. ex. Danny's mother didn't believe him when he told her, "There is an alien outside my window!" 2. A capital isn't needed if it is part of a sentence and only part of the quote is used. ex. Danny's mother told him he "needed to go back to bed" after Danny told her his alien story. 3. Indirect quotes should follow classic sentence structure. ex. When Danny told his friends he saw an alien last night they were very scared for his personal safety. A few other things to keep in mind... Familial relationships receive a capital when they are used as names. ex. "Have you seen Mom?" vs. "Have you seen my mother?" Direction words are capitalized if they are specific areas of town but not if you're giving directions. ex. Arsenal is a soccer team in North London vs. My house is north of there. Preferred titles are capitalized ex. Mrs. Wilson wasn't the nicest lady in the world.
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