The use of capital letters

Posted by Manjusha Filed in English Writing

Capital letters are used:

1. at the beginning of a sentence

2. at the beginning of each line of poetry

3. at the beginning of the names of days, months and public holidays. But note that the names of seasons usually begin with small letters.

Examples are: Monday, May, Easter, spring, autumn

4. at the beginning of the names of people and places including stars, planets, mountains and rivers

Examples are: Mars, Jupiter, South Africa, The Niles, John etc.

5. for people's titles

Examples are: Dr Johnson, Mr John and Professor Louis

6. at the beginning of the nouns and adjectives referring to nationalities, languages, ethnic groups and religions

7. at the beginning of the first word (and often other nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives) in the titles of books, plays, pictures and magazines


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