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When do we Use Capital Letters?

1. Use a capital letter for the personal pronoun 'I':

  • What can I say?

2. Use a capital letter to begin a sentence or to begin speech:

  • The man arrived. He sat down.
  • Suddenly Mary asked, "Do you love me?"

3. Use capital letters for many abbreviations and acronyms:

  • G.M.T. or GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
  • N.A.T.O. or NATO or Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

4. Use a capital letter for days of the week, months of the year, holidays:

  • Monday, Tuesday
  • January, February
  • Christmas
  • Armistice Day

5. Use a capital letter for countries, languages & nationalities, religions:

  • China, France
  • Japanese, English
  • Christianity, Buddhism

6. Use a capital letter for people's names and titles:

  • Anthony, Ram, William Shakespeare
  • Professor Jones, Dr Smith
  • Captain Kirk, King Henry VIII

7. Use a capital letter for trade-marks and names of companies and other organizations:

  • Pepsi Cola, Walkman
  • Microsoft Corporation, Toyota
  • the United Nations, the Red Cross

8. Use a capital letter for places and monuments:

  • London, Paris, the Latin Quarter
  • the Eiffel Tower, St Paul's Cathedral
  • Buckingham Palace, the White House
  • Oxford Street, Fifth Avenue
  • Jupiter, Mars, Sirius
  • Asia, the Middle East, the North Pole

9. Use a capital letter for names of vehicles like ships, trains and spacecraft:

  • the Titanic
  • the Orient Express, the Flying Scotsman
  • Challenger 2, the Enterprise

10. Use a capital letter for titles of books, poems, songs, plays, films etc:

  • War And Peace
  • If, Futility
  • Like a Virgin
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Lion King, Gone With The Wind

11. Use capitals letters (sometimes!) for headings, titles of articles, books etc, and newspaper headlines:

  • HOW TO WIN AT POKER
  • Chapter 2: CLINTON'S EARLY LIFE
  • LIFE FOUND ON MARS!
  • MAN BITES DOG

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