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Chapter 37. Homonyms > Other homonyms that are often confused

Other homonyms that are often confused

“Capital,” “capitol,” and “Capitol”

“Capital,” when used as an adjective, is used mainly to describe capital punishment or capital stock, which are the shares of stock issued by a corporation. As a noun, “capital” is used to describe the seat of the government of a state, capital letters, or money. For example, “Mary invested her capital in individual stocks and in mutual funds.”

The term “capitol,” spelled with a lower-case “c” is the building where a state legislature meets. For example, “The Texas state legislature meets at the capitol in Austin.”


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