Elizabeth O'Brien

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Two Confusing
Capitalization Rules

In today's lesson, we'll cover two confusing capitalization rules. Here we go!

Rule 1

Capitalize days of the week and months of the year, but don't capitalize seasons.

Last summer, we watched fireworks on a Tuesday in July.

Rule 2

Capitalize north, south, east and west when referring to specific regions, but don't capitalize them when referring to directions.

I love hiking in the West.

To get to my house, go west on Highway 35.

Bonus! 2 More Confusing Capitalization Rules

Bonus Rule

Capitalize family names when you use them as a specific person's name.

Don't capitalize titles used after possessive adjectives or the words a, an, or the.

Aunt Edna asked my dad if he wanted to sit near Mom.


Bonus Rule

Capitalize titles of specific courses.

Don't capitalize titles of general courses unless they are derived from proper nouns.

My brother teaches chemistry and English.

This fall he'll be teaching Chemistry 101 and English 203.

Test Yourself

Directions: Correct the mistakes (if any) in the following five sentences. You'll find the answers below.

  1. In the Winter, my Mom plans to vacation in southern California.

  2. My sister is a French teacher at a school South of the airport.

  3. I signed up for English 303 next semester.

  4. My Brother and Sister will help Aunt Cindy with her garden this Spring.

  5. Mom and Dad always ask me to shovel the driveway during the winter.

You can learn more capitalization rules here if you'd like.

Answers

  1. In the winter, my mom plans to vacation in Southern California.

  2. My sister is a French teacher at a school south of the airport.

  3. I signed up for English 303 next semester. (no changes)

  4. My brother and sister will help Aunt Cindy with her garden this spring.

  5. Mom and Dad always ask me to shovel the driveway during the winter. (no changes)
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