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Chapter 5. Mechanics > Always Capitalize:

Always Capitalize:

  1. The first word of a sentence

    We will have Bill Jones meet you in Phoenix.

  2. The first word of a quotation

    She said, “We jogged two miles after work.”

  3. The first, last, and every important word in a title

    I’ve been reading The Business of Listening by Diane Bone.

  4. Names of people, places, languages, races, and nationalities

    James

    Mother

    Mexico

    English

    Asian

  5. Names of months, days of the week, holidays

    August

    Tuesday

    Fourth of July

    Thanksgiving

  6. Names of particular people or things

    Senator Wilson

    Hudson River

    Mills College

    Woodside High School

  7. Names of regions

    the Midwest

    the South

  8. Names of specific classes

    Math 101

    History 17a

The general rule for capitalizing words is use a capital letter if a specific person, place, or thing is named. Otherwise do not. Most of the time this is easy enough. However, sometimes it is confusing. For example, the titles of relationships are capitalized when they are used as names, but not otherwise.


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