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Capitalization Rules

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Catherine Shumaker

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of Capitalization Rules

To capitalize or not to capitalize,
that is the question.
Always capitalize the names of people, pets, and proper nouns. Also, always capitalize initials.
Only capitalize titles such as doctor, professor, and judge when they refer to a specific person, not when they only refer to an occupation.
I was summoned to go before Judge Judy.

I need to make an appointment with my professor since I am falling behind in class.
Only capitalize family relationships when they are used as a part of a person's title or are used to replace a name.
I sent a letter to Grandpa but not to my other granddad.
Here is a present I bought for Mother.
My sister's name is Katherine.
Capitalize the names of political, racial, social, national, civic, and athletic groups
The local Red Cross is holding a blood drive today.
This university has a high population of Asian-American students.
The Republicans and Democrats have opposing view points.
Always capitalize the names of specific places: cities, countries, geographic regions, street names, schools and universities, and landmarks.
She is originally from Long Island, New York, but now she’s living in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I hope that I will be able to see Mount Rushmore one day.
I will be flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
My Parents live on Cedar Key Ave.
I am currently attending Palo Verde H. S. in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Capitalize country names and languages. Also capitalize them when they are being used as adjectives.
My favorite Italian city is Florence.
Justin Bieber is Lisa's favorite Canadian singer.
My native language is Spanish.
Always capitalize names of months, days of the week, and holidays.
Jamie is not available on Tuesday, so we’ll need to schedule the meeting for Wednesday.
My favorite holiday is New Year's Day.
Capitalize the names of historic events.
My research paper is about World War II.
We will study the Holocaust during this unit.
Do not capitalize the names of seasons unless the season is part of a title.
I love fall because of the crisp, cool air.
I will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.
Always capitalize the first, last, and important words in the title of books, movies, songs, newspapers, magazines, plays, television shows, etc. Don’t capitalize short prepositions or articles (the, an, of, etc.) if they are not the first word of the title.
I’m tired today because I stayed up all night watching "The Office."
Have you read
The Catcher in the Rye
Only capitalize North, South, West, East, and such words as Southwest when they indicate a particular section of the world or of the country, and not when they are being used for directions.
We think of the North as a region of ice and snow.
You should turn north at the next corner.
Here is a good book about the people of the Southwest.
Only capitalize the name of a school subject when it is the name of a language or a nationality.
Last year I had English, arithmetic, and American history.
This year I will take science and French.
Capitalize the first word of a line of poetry:
"To be or not to be, that is the question."
- Hamlet 3.1
Only capitalize the brand names of specific products, not the general names of products.
He loves Pepsi but hates Mountain Dew.
My first car was a Honda Civic.
I would rather drink regular soda than diet soda.
Capitalize a common noun when it is part of a proper noun
I swam in the Ohio River.
She attends River Street Baptist Church
Did you go to Centennial High School?
Mr. Phillips
Did you buy a present for your sister?
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