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Capitalization: Uplifting the Beginning

Capitalization is like lifting the first letter of certain words; it signals the importance of specific elements in written language. Just as a strong start sets the tone for a story, capital letters mark the beginning of proper nouns, sentences, and other significant elements.

Key Rules of Capitalization:

  1. First Word of a Sentence:

  2. The first word of a sentence is always capitalized.

    • He enjoys playing the guitar.

  3. Proper Nouns:

  4. Proper nouns refer to specific names of people, places, organizations, and titles. They are always capitalized.

    • London is a beautiful city.

  5. Days of the Week, Months, and Holidays:

  6. Names of days, months, and holidays are capitalized.

    • I will visit my grandparents on Sunday in May during Christmas.

  7. Titles and Names:

  8. Capitalize titles used with names when they precede the name, but not when they follow it.

    • Professor Smith is my favorite teacher.
    • I spoke with Senator Brown.

  9. Nationalities and Languages:

  10. Nationalities and languages are capitalized.

    • American English is different from British English.

  11. First Word in Direct Quotations:

  12. The first word in a direct quotation is capitalized.

    • He said, “I will be there in a minute.”

  13. First Word of a Line of Poetry:

  14. The first word of each line of poetry is capitalized.

    • Roses are red,
      Violets are blue,
      Sugar is sweet,
      And so are you.

Exceptions to Capitalization:

  1. Generic Terms:

  2. Generic terms, such as “boy,” “girl,” “river,” or “country,” are not capitalized unless they are part of a proper noun.

    • I saw a boy fishing in the river.

  3. Seasons:

  4. Names of seasons are not capitalized unless they are part of a proper noun.

    • I love the colors of fall.

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