Use these capitalization rules to rule the world of capitalization!
In most grammar books, you'll find pages and pages of capitalization rules.
I focused on the nitty-gritty here, and I've only given you six main rules and a few sub-rules to remember.
Proper nouns are nouns that name specific people, places, or things.
James, Paris, Colorado, Costa Rica
Proper adjectives are adjectives that are formed from proper nouns.
Proper Nouns: Spain, Ireland, Italy
Proper Adjectives: Spanish, Irish, Italian
Sometimes, it can be hard to know when a word is being used as a proper noun or not. Here are a few more tips that will help you.
* Don't capitalize words that show a family relationship when you use them after a possessive pronoun.
my mother, his sister, our grandma
I'll be taking History 101 at the community college.
* Always capitalize the names of languages.I'd love to speak French, English, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese
That is one of the easiest capitalization rules to remember. The only trouble comes when you can't tell where one sentence ends and another begins.
I would love to eat ice cream tonight because it is so yummy my favorite flavor is chocolate.
I would love to eat ice cream tonight because it is so yummy. My favorite flavor is chocolate.
My sister asked, "Where are my shoes?"
Wow. That was long. Do this for titles of books, poems, stories, movies, paintings, and magazines.
When the above rule says not to capitalize articles, it's referring to a specific kind of adjective called an article. The articles are a, an, and the.
Reader's Digest (magazine)
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (poem)
The Lord of the Rings (movie)
Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or phrases.
I live in the U.S.A.
Today I will see Dr. Shriver.
This is my neighbor, Mr. Botts.
That rule is short and sweet. Just remember that whenever you use this pronoun, you capitalize it. Note that this does not apply to any other pronoun.
I am going to buy oranges.
There are the six basic rules of capitalization!
Do you know when to capitalize the seasons (summer, winter, spring, fall) and directions (north, south, east, west)? Learn more about these two confusing capitalization rules here.
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