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Using Capital Letters

Here are some useful capitalization rules to follow.

  • Capitalize the first word of every sentence.
    Your poem was read at this morning’s assembly.
    Begin the session now.

  • Capitalize the pronoun I as a word and in a contraction.
    This card is something that I cherish.
    I’ve a funny story to tell you.

  • Capitalize proper nouns and proper adjectives.
    South America—South American capitals
    Italy—Italian cities
    Emerson—Emersonian ideals

  • Capitalize the first word of a quoted sentence.
    ‘‘Many surprises are awaiting you, Yogi.’’

  • Capitalize the interjection O.

    O, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light . . .

  • Capitalize the abbreviations of proper nouns.

    Mount Rainier . . . Mt. Rainier
    Twenty-third Street . . . Twenty-third St.
    Reverend Jones . . . Rev. Jones

  • Capitalize the first word of the salutation and the closing of friendly and

    business letters.
    Dear Mrs. Lowe,
    Sincerely yours,
    Respectfully,

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  • agreement involving prepositional phrases
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  • Commas Part Two
  • complete and simple predicates
  • complete and simple subjects
  • complex sentences
  • compound complex sentences
  • compound prepositions and the preposition adverb question
  • compound subject and compound predicate
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  • First Capitalization List
  • indefinite pronouns
  • Indefinite pronouns and the possessive case
  • introducing clauses
  • introducing phrases
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  • irregular verbs part one
  • irregular verbs part two
  • Italics Hyphens and Brackets
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • More Apostrophe Situations
  • More subject verb agreement situations
  • Parentheses Ellipsis Marks and Dashes
  • Periods Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
  • personal pronouns
  • pronouns and their antecedents
  • Quotation Marks Part Three
  • Quotation Marks Part One
  • Quotation Marks Part Two
  • reflexive demonstrative and interrogative pronouns
  • Regular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • regular verb tenses
  • Second Capitalization List
  • sentences fragments and run on sentences
  • singular and plural nouns and pronouns
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  • Sound a like words Part Three
  • Sound a like words Part Two
  • Sound alike words part one
  • subject and verb agreement
  • subject complements predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives
  • subject verb agreement situations
  • the adjective
  • the adjective clause
  • the adjective phrase
  • the adverb
  • the adverb clause
  • the adverb phrase
  • The Apostrophe
  • the appositive
  • The Colon
  • The coordinating conjunction
  • the correlative conjunction
  • the direct object
  • the gerund and gerund phrase
  • the indirect object
  • the infinitive and infinitive phrase
  • The nominative case
  • the noun
  • the noun adjective pronoun question
  • the noun clause
  • the object of the preposition
  • the participle and participial phrase
  • The possessive case
  • The possessive case 2
  • The possessive case and pronouns
  • the preposition
  • the prepositional phrase
  • the pronoun
  • The Semicolon
  • the subordinating conjunction
  • the verb
  • The verb be
  • the verb phrase
  • Transitive and intransitive verbs
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  • types of sentences by purpose
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