Capitalization

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Upper case letters are known as Capitalization. The English language, when put in written form, consists of two forms of letters, i.e., upper case letters and lower case letters. When writing words down, there are pretty specific rules that must be applied to know when to use and when not to use Capitalization.

Although you should already be pretty familiar with the rules, let’s go over them quickly here as a refresher.

Capitalization rules:

  1. The first letter of every sentence must be capitalized.
  2. Proper names of persons, places, things, days, and months (such as September).
  3. Titles of distinction (such as Admiral or Captain).
  4. The letters “I” and “O” when used by themselves.
  5. Words of nationality (such as German, Dutch, Australian).
  6. The first words and last words of titles of publications (such as The Grapes of Wrath).
  7. Points of a compass (such as East, West, North, South, Southeast, etc.) when they refer to a specific region rather than a direct such as – “They traveled toward the west.” (No capitalization.) “They traveled to the West Coast.” (A region so it is capitalized.)
1.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

We got to see the Celtics play at the boston garden back in the late 1970s.
See
Boston Garden
Play
Late
The words “see” and “play” are both verbs and as neither of them begins the sentence, they do not need to be capitalized. The word “late” is being used as an adjective here for “late 1970s” and it does not need to be capitalized. The words “Boston Garden” refer to a proper place and, therefore, need to be capitalized. As such, Answer (b) is correct
2.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

She searched the internet to see if she could find northwest airlines to book her flight to Oregon.
Searched
Internet
Northwest Airlines
Flight
The word “searched” is a past tense verb and is written correctly here using a small case letter. The word “internet” is a common noun and as it does not begin the sentence, it too needs to begin with a lower case letter. The word “flight” is another common noun that in this sentence does not need to be capitalized. Finally “Northwest Airlines” is a proper name of what was once a commercial airline. Therefore, Answer (c) is the correct answer
3.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

Mary asked David to the sadie hawkins’ dance that is being held on Friday night.
Night
Sadie Hawkins' Dance
Asked
Held
The words “asked” and “held” are verb ands since neither is the first word in the sentence, they do not need to be capitalized. In this sentence, “night” is a common noun and it also does not need to be capitalized. “Sadie Hawkins’ Dance” is a proper name and each word needs to be capitalized. Answer (b) is, therefore, the correct answer
4.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

twister is a movie about tornados that can cause a great deal of destruction.
Movie
Tornados
Twister
Destruction
The words “movie,” “tornados” and “destruction” are all common nouns and in this sentence do not need to be capitalized. The word “Twister” is the proper name for a movie and is also the first word in a sentence so it needs to be capitalized. Therefore, Answer (c) is correct
5.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

We wanted to be a little adventurous so I ordered japanese food and my date ordered indian food.
Adventurous
Food
Date
Japanese, Indian
The word “adventurous” is an adjective and it does not need to be capitalized. The words “food” and “date” are both common nouns and they, too, do not need to be capitalized in this sentence. “Japanese” and “Indian” are words of nationality and each one needs to be capitalized. Answer (d) is the correct answer
6.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

We all have to read the diary of Anne Frank in two weeks.
Read
Two Weeks
The Diary
All
“Read” is a verb and it is not the first word in a sentence so this word does not need to be capitalized. The words “two weeks” and “all” are written correctly and do not need to be capitalized. However, The Diary of Anne Frank is a book that they need to read so “The Diary” needs to be capitalized as the first words of a publication. Answer (c) is, therefore, correct
7.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

Janet, jackie, billy and john went to the theater to see the new Star Trek movie.
Jackie, Billy and John
Theater
New
Movie
The words “theater” and “movie” in this sentence are both common nouns and are written correctly using a lower case letter. The word “new” is being used as an adjective (i.e., new movie) so it does not need to be capitalized here. The words, “Jackie,” “Billy” and “John” are all proper names and each name needs to have a capital letter used. Answer (a) is the correct answer
8.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

Do you think that elvis presley was the best rock-n-roll singer that ever was?
Elvis Presley
Rock-n-roll
Singer
Think
The word “think” is a verb and does not need to be capitalized in this sentence. The word “rock-n-roll” in this sentence is being used as an adjective to describe “singer” and in this question does not need to be capitalized. The word “singer” is a common noun and it too does not need to be capitalized. “Elvis Presley” is a proper name and needs to be capitalized, therefore, Answer (a) is correct
9.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

on our visit to Washington, D.C. we made it a point to visit the Lincoln Memorial.
On
Visit
Made
Point
Each of the words “visit,” “made” and “point” is used correctly in this sentence in that they should start with a lower case letter. The first word “on,” however, is the first word of the sentence and it needs to be capitalized to “On.” Therefore, Answer (a) is correct
10.
For the sentence below, find the word that should be capitalized.

Her grandfather received a purple heart for his injuries he suffered in world war ii.
Grandfather
Purple Heart
World War II
Purple Heart AND World War II
The word “grandfather” in this sentence is a common noun and does not need to be capitalized. The words “Purple Heart” refer to a specific type of medal that is given so “Purple Heart” is a proper name of that medal and it needs to be capitalized. “World War II” is a proper name for a war and it all needs to be capitalized. This means that “Purple Heart” and “World War II” each need to be capitalized making the correct answer – Answer (d), i.e., both Answers (b) and (c)
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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