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Capital Letters 01
'Is the dog asleep? It's funny! Maybe it was knocked out'. Notice that capital letters start a sentence and they always follow question marks and exclamation marks.

Capital Letters 01

Capital letters start sentences and follow full stops, exclamation and question marks. Long ago, texts were written without using capital letters to distinguish the beginnings of sentences. It could be difficult to tell where one sentence ended and another began. In modern-day English, one of the most important uses of capital letters is to show at a glance where each new sentence begins. When you write, you should always use a capital letter after a full stop, exclamation mark, or question mark ending a sentence. Sometimes when writing, you might be so fully engaged that the words are flowing without stop. If you look back over your writing and can't see many capital letters, that's usually a sign that you need to read your work to yourself to work out where each sentence should be punctuated. When you're writing dialogue, remember that when a sentence continues after the closing speech mark, you should not use a capital letter. For example, this would be correct: "Where is Trish?" she worried aloud.

Another use of capital letters is to provide emphasis or even to SURPRISE your reader with a SHOUT.

Test your knowledge in the first Capital Letters quiz.

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1.
Which one is correct?
red sky means good weather it will be sunny tomorrow
Red sky means good weather. it will be sunny tomorrow
Red sky means good weather. it will be sunny tomorrow.
Red sky means good weather. It will be sunny tomorrow.
Capital letters follow exclamation and question marks because these occur at the ends of sentences
2.
Which one is correct?
the door is freshly painted don't touch it
the door is freshly painted Don't touch it.
The door is freshly painted. don't touch it
The door is freshly painted. Don't touch it.
Capital letters and punctuation marks help us read. Our eyes take in the information that one sentence has ended and another has begun
3.
Which one is correct?
Which is the correct key for the door. Is it the silver one.
which is the correct key for the door. Is it the silver one?
Which is the correct key for the door? Is it the silver one?
which is the correct key for the door? is it the silver one
Use capital letters after the question marks
4.
Which one is correct?
where is the blue book is it in the pile on the table?
where is the blue book. is it in the pile on the table.
Where is the blue book? Is it in the pile on the table?
Where is the blue book? is it in the pile on the table?
Question marks occur at the ends of sentences, so should be followed by a capital letter
5.
Which one is correct?
Hurry up you will be late for football practice
hurry up you will be late for football practice.
Hurry up! You will be late for football practice.
Hurry up! you will be late for football practice.
Capital letters begin sentences
6.
Which one is correct?
ouch I have a splinter in my hand
Ouch I have a splinter in my hand.
ouch! I have a splinter in my hand
Ouch! I have a splinter in my hand.
"I" is always capitalised
7.
Which one is correct?
tom played the Piano well kate Forgot her music
tom played the piano well kate forgot her music
Tom played the piano well. Kate forgot her music.
Tom played the Piano well. Kate forgot her Music.
Names also begin with capital letters. Practise with the Proper Nouns quiz
8.
Which one is correct?
he lives in hull she lives in london they live in bury
He lives in Hull. she lives in London they live in Bury.
he lives in hull. she lives in london. they live in bury
He lives in Hull. She lives in London. They live in Bury.
Place names are proper nouns and therefore require capital letters
9.
Which one is correct?
where is your first aid kit? Did you leave it in the car
where is your first aid kit? Did you leave it in the car
Where is your first aid kit? Did you leave it in the car?
Where is your first aid kit? did you leave it in the car?
Use capital letters after question marks as well as full stops
10.
Which one is correct?
Capital letters are useful do you use them correctly?
Capital letters are useful. Do you use them correctly?
capital letters are useful. Do you use them correctly?
capital letters are useful. do you use them correctly?
Try the next quiz for more about using capital letters

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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