Capital Letters should be use in the following situations.
- At the start of a sentence. I should improve my grammar.
- To indicate proper nouns (names or places). My teacher, Mr Wood, came from The Palace of Westminster.
- Adjectives of proper nouns. I began to learn German, English, physics, and science.
- 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)
- Abbreviations - BBC, IBM, TUC
- Trade Names. Marmite, Heinz and Nescafe are frequently found in the kitchen.
- Titles of events. The First World War, World War Two.
- Governments. The French Government was mired in another corruption scandal.
- Religious Use. Words to represent religious festivals or important religious concepts. E.g. My Lord, the Prophet of Islam, God, the feast of Passover.
- The Pronoun I. I would love to know who I really am.
- 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”