Main Uses of Capital Letters
Capital letters are used with
1. First word in a sentence or direct quotation
Main Uses of Capital Letters Other Uses of Capital Letters Unnecessary Use of Capitals
2. Names of persons and the word 1 3. Names of particular places and institutions 4. Names of days of the week, months, and holidays
5. Names of commercial products 6. Titles of books, magazines, newspapers, articles, stories, poems, films, television shows, songs, papers that you write, and the like 7. Names of companies, associations, unions, clubs, religious and political groups, and other organizations Each use is illustrated in this chapter.
Provide at least one example for each use of capital letters so that your students will have reference points.
Ask students to create a sentence for each use of capitallerters.
First Word in a Sentence or Direct Quotation
The corner grocery was robbed last night.
The alien said, "Take me to your leader."
"If you need help," said Teri, "call me. I'll be over in no time."
In the third example above, If and I'll are capitalized because they start new sentences. But call is not capitalized, because it is part of the first sentence.
Names of Persons and the Word I
Last night, I saw a hilarious movie starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black.
Nonnative speakers should compare the rules for capitalization 10 English and their native language. While errors in capitalization are not global mistakes, they can be distracting to the reader.
Names of Particular Places and Institutions
Although Bill dropped out of Port Charles High School, he eventually earned his degree and got a job with Atlas Realty Company.
Use small letters if the specific name is not given. Although Bill dropped out of high school, he eventually earned his degree and got a job with a real estate company.
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