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Rules for Capitalization
Review these rules to prepare for our upcoming test on capitalization.
Terms in this set (12)
Rule # 1: The pronoun "I" should always be capitalized.
Examples: I'm having a wonderful time.
Whenever I go to the museum, I always visit the dinosaur exhibit.
Rule # 2: Proper nouns (names of specific people, places, things, and ideas) should be capitalized.
Examples: William Shakespeare, Golden Gate Bridge, Museum of Natural History, Buddhism
Rule # 3: Capitalize the title that comes before a person's name. Capitalize a title when it is used as part or all of a person's name.
Examples: President Barack Obama
General George Patton
Rule # 4: Capitalize the first word in a sentence or quotation.
Examples: We are planning our family reunion.
"May the odds be ever in your favor!" Effie Trinket exclaimed.
Rule # 5: Capitalize the first word in the greeting and closing of a letter.
I packed a lunch for you to take to work. It's in the fridge. I hope you enjoy it.
Rule # 6: Capitalize the days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays. Don't capitalize seasons.
Tuesday, February, Christmas, summer.
Rule # 7: Capitalize the first, last, and all important words in the titles of books, movies, songs, newspapers, magazines, and television programs.
Of Mice and Men, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, We are the Champions, The Tampa Tribune, Time Magazine, The Powerpuff Girls
Rule # 8: Capitalize the names of schools and other institutions such as universities, colleges, libraries, hospitals, and businesses.
Winthrop Charter School, University of Miami, Brooklyn College, New York Public Library, Brandon Hospital, Publix
Rule # 9: Capitalize nationalities, peoples, religions, and places of worship.
British, Aborigines, Catholicism, Temple Beth-Shalom
Rule # 10: Capitalize agencies, organizations, and political parties.
Internal Revenue Service, The Salvation Army, Libertarian Party
Rule # 11: Capitalize compass points ONLY when they name geographical regions. Capitalize the names of planets and stars. Only capitalize "earth," "sun," and "moon" when they are in a sentence with planets or stars.
Head south on I-75 until you reach North Miami Lakes.
The inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
What on earth are you talking about?
Rule # 12: Capitalize languages and course names with numbers. Do not capitalize school subjects.
French, Spanish, Russian, English, Algebra I, math, Physics II, science
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