Set IV, 1
A LITTLE HELP WITH CAPITALS
Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about capitalization. Just
remember that it's impossible to remind you of all the places where a capital may
be needed or to warn you against those where a capital is inappropriate. When
in doubt, do as good proofreaders do: look it up in a reliable grammar handbook.
Capitalize the first word of a sentence.
Capitalize the pronoun I.
Capitalize proper nouns (the names or nicknames of specific
people, places and, sometimes, things):
My roommate plays Isaac Hayes all the time, but I'd rather listen to the Fifth
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world.
The Atlantic Ocean is the coldest ocean I've ever swum in.
Capitalize words of family relationship when used as proper
Aunt Hattie left her grandfather's watch to Jim.
We call my mother Mom.
Capitalize the names of God, specific deities or religious
God the Father, Allah,
the Prophet (Muhammad), the Virgin Mary
But: the Greek gods
Capitalize titles preceding names:
Six colonels reported to General Birdsong.
Capitalize north, south, east and west when used as sections of the country, but not as compass
The Stidleys have moved to the Southwest.
Jake's house is two miles north of Otterbein.
Capitalize the days of the week, the months of the year and holidays:
This year Halloween will fall on the last Friday in October.
(Do not capitalize the seasons: spring, summer, winter or fall.)
Capitalize the names of specific courses, but not general studies:
Of all my biology courses, Biology 215 was the most stimulating.
Capitalize the names of countries, nationalities and specific languages:
"Why can't the English ever learn to speak? Norwegians learn
Norwegian and Greeks all learn their Greek."
Capitalize the first word in a sentence that is a direct quote:
Emerson once said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds..."
Capitalizeallthemajorwords in thetitlesofbooks, articles and songs:
One of Robert's favorite books is Catcher in the Rye.