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When To Use A Capital Letter | Net Writing

When To Use A Capital Letter

Capital Letters should be use in the following situations.

  1. At the start of a sentence. I should improve my grammar.
  2. To indicate proper nouns (names or places). My teacher, Mr Wood, came from The Palace of Westminster.
  3. Adjectives of proper nouns. I began to learn German, English, physics, and science.
  4. Major words in the title of a book, play, movie. The Sound of Music was a very successful movie. (note, some librarians prefer not to capitalise titles of books; e.g,  – The taming of the shrew)
  5. Abbreviations - BBC, IBM, TUC
  6. Trade Names. Marmite, Heinz and Nescafe are frequently found in the kitchen.
  7. Titles of events. The First World War, World War Two.
  8. Governments. The French Government was mired in another corruption scandal.
  9. Religious Use. Words to represent religious festivals or important religious concepts. E.g. My Lord, the Prophet of Islam, God, the feast of Passover.
  10. The Pronoun I. I would love to know who I really am.
  11. Historical Periods, but not for centuries. The Renaissance. The Romantic period, Roman era, twentieth century.

When Not To Use a Capital Letter.

  • Any democratic government could do a better job than the current British Government.
  • One day I would like to become president. It would sound really good to be referred to as President Tejvan Pettinger.
  • I would like a danish Pastry. If I was living in Demark, the Danish diet may be quite surprising.
  • The French are an excitable race, always having revolutions. However, french windows don’t have much to do with the French.
  • Currency. The euro may prove to be even weaker than the pound sterling.
  • The first word of a quotation which is not a complete sentence. Prime Minister, Winston Churchill replied “never surrender”