Capitalization Rules  
 
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There are many times when a word or words must be capitalized. Here are ten capitalization rules you should know and use. An example is shown for each rule.

  • Capitalize the first word of a sentence.
    It is important to know when a word must be capitalized.Capitalization Rules, George Washington
  • Capitalize the pronoun "I."
    Do you think I should study for another hour?
  • Capitalize proper nouns (names of specific people, places, events, and organizations).
    I believe that George Washington was our greatest president.
  • Capitalize days of the week, holidays, and months of the year.
    We usually go on vacation during July and August.
  • Capitalize the first word in a quote.
    I was pleased when my teacher said to me, "You are a wonderful student."Capitalization Rules, Chemistry
  • Capitalize the name of a language.
    Next year I will study Spanish literature.
  • Capitalize the official title of a person when used with that person's name.
    My friend told me that Dr. Hawkins is a great chemistry teacher.
  • Capitalize initials in someone's name.
    My favorite author is J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Capitalize the first word of a salutation or closing.
    With warmest regards,
    Amanda Warren
  • Capitalize the first word and last words and each important word in the title of a book, movie, etc. Do not capitalize short words within a title (e.g.,a, an, and, as, if, for, or, the). Also, do not capitalize prepositions.
    I was very moved when I read To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are many capitalization rules. Knowing and using these ten rules is a good start.