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Capitalization Rules

There are many rules when it comes to capitalization. Some of them you use so often that you never even question them, like capitalizing your name. However, there are others that will make you stop and think. Remember that it is always a good idea to look it up if you’re not sure what the proper way to do it is. Here are some basic capitalization rules.

  • The Beginning of a Sentence. Always capitalize the first letter of a sentence.
    • I went to the store because I was out of milk.
    • Sometimes dogs and cats can get along and they can even become best friends.
  • Proper Nouns. A noun is a person, place, or thing. A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place, or thing. Always capitalize them.
    • George Washington – New York State – Disneyworld
  • Titles. Titles of books, magazines, articles, movies, etc. need to be capitalized.
    • Goodnight Moon – Finding Nemo – How to Capitalize Titles
  • Days and Months. The days of the week and the months of the year are capitalized. Note: seasons are not capitalized unless they are part of a proper name like “The Fall Festival” or they begin a sentence.
    • Monday – January

Time4Writing provides practice in this area. Try a sample resource from our Elementary Grammar course or browse other related courses.

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