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Capitalization rules

  1. 1. Capitalization Rules
  2. 2. 1. Capitalize the first letter of the first word in a sentence.  We walked along the path to the lake.  Did you bring the camera?  Tie the boat to the dock.  The water is freezing!
  3. 3. Rule #1  bill left on the afternoon bus.  do you recognize that girl?  please go away.  stop!
  4. 4. 2. Capitalize the pronoun I.  Should I call you later?  I think I’ll call at six o’clock.  Louis and I shall both call you.  Oops, I just remembered…I’m grounded from the phone.
  5. 5. Rule #2  i don’t understand this assignment.  May Susan and i work together?  Mrs. Jones said, “i don’t think that’s a good idea.”  But i’ll make sure we are quiet.
  6. 6. 3. Capitalize the first letter of the first word in most lines of poetry.  Roses are red,  Violets are blue,  Sugar is sweet,  And I am too!
  7. 7. #3  there was a young lady named Rose  who had a large wart on her nose.  when she had it removed  her appearance improved,  but her glasses slipped down to her toes.
  8. 8. 4. Capitalize the first word, the last word, and all important words in any title. Do not capitalize a, an, the, and, but, or, nor, or prepositons of four of fewer letters unless they are the first or last word of a title.
  9. 9.  The Little Prince  Gone with the Wind  “Happy Birthday”  “Ghost of the Lagoon”
  10. 10. #4  lord of the rings  “summer of fire”  of mice and men  a roman villa
  11. 11. 5. Capitalize people’s names and their initial(s).  George W. Bush  Cathy Melissa Thurmond  Dr. Richard Smith  T. J. Duckett
  12. 12. #5  chris tovani  red riding hood  john paul jones  richard m. nixon
  13. 13. 6. Capitalize days, months, holidays, and special days.  Tuesday  July  Arbor Day  Christmas Eve
  14. 14. #6  sunday  january  veterans day  hanukkah
  15. 15. 7. Capitalize Mother, Dad, and other titles if you can insert the person’s name  Has Dad gone to the store?  We all know that Uncle Duane tells crazy stories. But don’t capitalize when names or titles are used like: My dad has gone to the store. Our uncle tells crazy stories.
  16. 16. #7  aunt susan  my grandma  cousin fred  your father
  17. 17. 8. Capitalize names of organizations.  Boy Scouts of America  American Red Cross  North Atlantic Treaty Organization  National Organization for Women
  18. 18. #8  kiwanis club  national honor society  organization of states  welcome wagon club
  19. 19. 9. Capitalize the names of institutions.  Boston College  Berkmar High School  Grady Hospital  Fulton County Jail
  20. 20. #9 university of georgia gwinnett medical center berkmar middle school smithson school of design
  21. 21. 10. Capitalize business names.  Delta Airlines  Posada Restaurant  Holiday Inn  Kroger
  22. 22. #10  foot locker  pizza hut  jen’s hallmark shop  barnes and noble
  23. 23. 11. Capitalize the names of structures.  Washington Tunnel  London Bridge  Leaning Tower of Pisa  Cumberland Expressway
  24. 24. #11  statue of liberty  white house  lincoln memorial  eiffel tower
  25. 25. 12. Capitalize the names of specific geographic places  Indian Ocean  Pocono Mountains  Fulton County  Midwest
  26. 26. #12  cape cod  gulf of mexico  germany  great salt lake
  27. 27. 13. Capitalize the names of historical events and historical documents.  American Revolution  Battle of Shiloh  Declaration of Independence  U. S. Constitution
  28. 28. #13  war between the states  gettysburg address  treaty of paris  battle of the buldge
  29. 29. 14. Capitalize the names of languages.  French  Spanish  Russian  English
  30. 30. #14  italian  mandarin chinese  german  arabic
  31. 31. 15. Capitalize the Roman numerals and the letters of the first major topics in an outline. Capitalize only the first word in an outline unless the words are a proper noun.
  32. 32. #15. I. Oceans and seas A. Major oceans B. Major seas II. Land forms A. Western hemisphere continents 1. North America 2. South America B. Eastern hemisphere continents
  33. 33. 16. Capitalize the first word of a direct quotation. Do not capitalize the word following the quotation unless it is a proper noun.  Harvey asked, “How old are you?”  “I am ten,” sad Jodi.  You look older,” Harvey said.  Jodi replied, “Everyone says that.”
  34. 34. #16  mrs. logan said, “here is your test.”  “how did I make a 56?” asked terry.  “you missed a lot of question,” mrs. logan replied.  my dad is going to ground me for the rest of my life,” cried terry.
  35. 35. 17. Capitalize brand names but not the products.  Ford van  Mayfield ice cream  Sony computer disc  Bar S hot dogs
  36. 36. #17  lay’s potato chips  nike tennis shoes  liz claiborne dress  harley davidson motorcycle
  37. 37. 18. Capitalize religions, religious documents, names of churches, and names for a supreme being.  Christian (religion)  Heavenly Father (reference to God)  Talmud (writings of Jewish religion)  Palmcroft Baptist Church
  38. 38. 19. Capitalize a proper adjective but not the noun it modifies.  A California beach  A Payson music festival  A Memorial Day parade  An African nation
  39. 39. #19  greek god  english muffin  christmas vacation  shakespearian theater
  40. 40. 20. Capitalize the first world of a greeting and closing of a letter. My dearest friend Sincerely yours
  41. 41. Capitalize directions when they refer to a region of a country or the world  Georgia is in the South.  He lives in China which is also called the East.  BUT……  Georgia is south of Tennessee.

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