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

Capital Letters

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 word requires an initial capital letter?
None of the following words
chair
elephant
dog
These words are common nouns: they don't normally require an initial capital letter - unless they are the first word in a sentence
2.
Which book title has been correctly capitalized?
War And Peace
The Wind in the Willows
Far From The Madding Crowd
of Men and Mice
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
3.
Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
China
Tuesday
May
Autumn
Don't write the seasons with capital letters unless they are in a title
4.
Which word has been correctly capitalized?
Oak
Coca-Cola
Rose
Cancer
Brand names are capitalized, but the names of flowers, trees, illnesses and diseases are not
5.
Which of these school subjects requires capitalization?
chemistry
maths 101
physics
biology
General areas of study don't require capitalization, but specific courses do: maths 101 is a specific course
6.
Which word requires an initial capital letter?
christianity
winter
south
me
The names of religions and their followers must be capitalized, for example: 'Christianity - Christian'; 'Judaism - Jew'
7.
Which word requires an initial capital letter?
french
japan
german
All of the above words
The names of languages, countries and nationalities require an initial capital letter
8.
Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
Mississippi River
Mount Olympus
River
San Juan Hill
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
9.
Which word has been correctly capitalized?
queen Beatrice
king Alfred
Prince Eugene
princess Maria
Royal titles must be capitalized when they are used with the person who holds that title; otherwise, they are not capitalized
10.
Which word has been incorrectly capitalized?
North
North America
Tuesday
Uncle Henry
Don't write the points of the compass with capital letters unless they refer to specific regions or areas of a country
Author:  Frank Evans

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