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Capital Letters

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Capital Letters First word of a sentence Days of the week Languages Subjects Proper Noun/ Common Noun Festivals/ Holy Days Titles Personal Pronoun Quotations The first word of a sentence always begins with a capital letter my little brother's name is Ben

we live on Colleridge Road

i do not like carrots A sentence always ends with a full stop My little brother's name is Ben.

We live on Colleridge Road.

I do not like carrots. What are personal pronouns?
A noun is a word that is person, place or thing.
e.g. Brian, the car, the dog, Sunita, London

A pronoun is a word that can be used in place of a noun. Personal pronouns for people = I, you, he, she, we, they me, you, him, her, us, them
Personal pronouns for things = it, they, them


Why use a personal pronoun?
Personal pronouns are useful because you don't have to repeat words.
e.g. Elizabeth put the coat on because Elizabeth was cold.
This would be better written as:
Elizabeth put the coat on because she was cold.
The word she is a personal pronoun and means 'Elizabeth' in this sentence.
This makes the sentence shorter and more interesting, as you don't have to repeat 'Elizabeth'. Remember the word 'I' is a personal pronoun and always has a capital letter! Change the following.... Joe and i went to the shops.

Do you really think i should?

Where do you think i should go?

i am going to the shops. I I I I The names of languages are always written with a capital letter. Be careful about this; it's a very common mistake.

Juliet speaks English, French, Italian and Portuguese.
I need to work on my Spanish.
Among the major languages of India are Hindi and Tamil.
These days, few students study Latin and Greek. Note, however, that names of disciplines and school subjects are not capitalized unless they happen to be the names of languages:
I'm doing A-levels in history, geography and English.
Newton made important contributions to physics and mathematics.
She is studying French literature. Proper nouns name specific people, places, things, or ideas.
Examples:
Britney, Paris, Rover, Nike
Since these nouns are naming specific things, they always begin with a capital letter.

Sometimes, they contain two or more important words.
Examples:
Britney Spears, Central Park Zoo, Pacific Ocean Proper Noun Common Noun Common nouns are the opposite of proper nouns. They are your run of the mill, generic nouns. They name people, places, things or ideas that are not specific.
Examples:
woman, city, dog, shoe ,school,college
Since these nouns are not naming anything specific, they do not need to start with a capital letter unless they begin a sentence.

Therefore would this word have a capital letter

school barry college no Yes- Barry College I I I The names of festivals and holy days are capitalized:

We have long breaks at Christmas and Easter.
During Ramadan, one may not eat before sundown.
The feast of Purim is an occasion for merrymaking.
Our church observes the Sabbath very strictly.
The children enjoy Halloween. The title or name of a book, a play, a poem, a film, a magazine, a newspaper or a piece of music is always capitalized.

A capital letter is used for the first word and for every significant word (that is, a little word like the, of, and or in is not capitalized unless it is the first word):
I was terrified by The Silence of the Lambs.
The Round Tower was written by Catherine Cookson.
Bach's most famous organ piece is the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
I don't usually like Cher, but I do enjoy The Shoop Shoop Song. The first word of a direct quotation, repeating someone else's exact words, is always capitalized if the quotation is a complete sentence:

Julie said 'Students are the best medicine for laughter'
But there is no capital letter if the quotation is not a complete sentence:
The Teacher described John's behaviour as "disappointing". The names of the days of the week, and of the months of the year, are written with a capital letter:

Next Sunday France will hold a general election.

Mozart was born on 27 January, 1756.

Football practice takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays.

However, seasons are not written with a capital:
Like cricket, baseball is played in the summer.
Do not write *"... in the Summer". Summary My little brother's name is called Ben We live on Colleridge Road I do not like eating carrots No, this would not have a capital letter as it is a 'run of the mill' naming word i.e it is not specific. Remember!! Yes! Barry College would have a capital letter because it is a specific place and therefore a proper noun.
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