Capital Letters
Brand names, such as Coca-Cola, are capitalized.

Capital Letters

Capital letters are used when writing names of people and places. Capital letters can be a real problem if you are not sure about how to use them. You all know that the first word in a sentence is written with a capital letter.

The best way to get to know the English language is through practise. If you enjoy reading, then make sure you read a story, poem or even news article every day. If you like to write, then spend 10 minutes each day writing something - even if it's a little note to yourself. If you are unsure whether a word needs a capital or not, then check it in the dictionary. Some words sometimes take a capital letter and sometimes don't - such as the word north - it's important to know the difference.

In this 11-plus quiz you are going to learn about a few more uses of capital letters.

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  1. Which of these school subjects requires capitalization?
    General areas of study don't require capitalization, but specific courses do: maths 101 is a specific course
  2. Which word requires an initial capital letter?
    These words are common nouns: they don't normally require an initial capital letter - unless they are the first word in a sentence
  3. Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
    Don't write the seasons with capital letters unless they are in a title
  4. Which word has been correctly capitalized?
    Royal titles must be capitalized when they are used with the person who holds that title; otherwise, they are not capitalized
  5. Which word requires an initial capital letter?
    The names of religions and their followers must be capitalized, for example: 'Christianity - Christian'; 'Judaism - Jew'
  6. Which word requires an initial capital letter?
    The names of languages, countries and nationalities require an initial capital letter
  7. Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
    Don't write the points of the compass with capital letters unless they refer to specific regions or areas of a country
  8. Which book title has been correctly capitalized?
    You must capitalize the first, last, as well as all other important words in the titles of books and other written works such as: newspapers, plays, music and works of art. Words such as 'a', 'an', 'the', and prepositions are not capitalized unless they are the first or last word in the title
  9. Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
    Don't write 'river' with a capital letter unless it is in a title or part of proper noun: the same applies to 'lake', 'mount' and 'hill' which are common nouns and are not normally capitalized
  10. Which word has been correctly capitalized?
    Brand names are capitalized, but the names of flowers, trees, illnesses and diseases are not

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