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A capital ideaThe use of capital letter<br />CAPITALIZE THIS!<br />. . . a guide <br />to the proper care and feeding <br />of capital letters<br />
Capitalize the first word of every sentence - unless that sentence is in parentheses incorporated within another sentence.<br />Glacial till or debris (some geologists call this material “garbage”) is often deposited in formations called morains.<br />
Capitalize the personal pronoun.<br />Capitalize the names of family relations when they are used as substitutes for names:<br /> I went to visit my Uncle Ted and Aunt Margaret.<br /> Grandma and Grandpa live with Dad and Mom now.<br />but... I went with my mom and dad to visit my aunt and uncle. <br />p.s notice the role of the modifying pronoun here.<br />
In titles, capitalize the first, last and all important word. Usually we don’t capitalize articles, prepositions and coordinating conjunctions.<br />In the Lake of the Woods.<br />War and Peace.<br />I know This Much Is True.<br />
and proper nouns...<br />Capitalize names of specific persons, places and geographical locations.<br />My brother Charlie, who used to live in the Middle East and write books about the Old West, now lives in Hartford, Connecticut.<br />but...<br />Don’t capitalize directions<br />They moved up north to the southern shore of Lake Erie.<br />
Capitalize names of days of the week, month and holidays.<br />Valentine Day, which on February 14 <br />fall on Tuesday this year.<br />but...<br />Don’t capitalize the names of seasons!<br />Next fall, before the winter storms <br />begin we’re heading south.<br />
More on proper nouns...<br />Capitalize the names of historical events.<br />The Battle of Bulge was an important <br />event in the World War II.<br />The Reformation took place <br />in the sixteenth century.<br />
And...<br />Capitalize the names of religion and religious terms<br />God, Christ, Allah, Buddha, Christianity, Christians, Judaism, Jews, Islam, Muslim<br />Capitalize the names of nations, nationalities, languages and words based on such words<br />Albania, Albanian, Sweden, Swedish, English muffin, Irish stew<br />
Capitalize the names of academic courses <br />when they’re used as titles.<br />He took Carpentry 101, but he did much better in his economics and English literature courses.<br />And... Brand names<br />Ford, Levi’s (not the jeans), Xerox on a Xerox copier, Advil (but aspirin)<br />
The titles of people and office<br />Capitalize titles when they precede names<br />Dean Arrigton introduced President Carter to <br />Secretary Bogglesworth.<br />but...usually not after a name<br />Joe Chuckles, who was chairman of the board of directors in 1996, has since retired.<br />
And.... Remember to consult a good dictionary!<br />