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Capitalization

Before I list a bunch of capitalization rules, let me explain how capitalization came about in England … hopefully that might help you to deal with your frustrations somewhat.
YouTube Tutorial – click on INTRODUCTION /OR/ APPLICATION
Text for Tutorial on APPLICATION – click HERE
Notes – scroll down to Notes
Assignment – scroll down to Assignment
Answer Key – scroll down to Answer Key
Practice oral English – click HERE
ASK DR. OTTO – click HERE

Notes

These are the most common rules for capitalizing proper nouns.

Rule 1. Capitalize the first word in a sentence
Example: The books are on the table.

Rule 2. Capitalize important words in a title
Example: The Magic School Bus

Rule 3. Capitalize specific people’s names
Example: The author is Joanna Cole.

Rule 4. Capitalize names of specific things
Example: The Empire State Building is in New York.

Rule 5. Capitalize names of places and regions
Example: The city of Chicago is in State of Illinois.

Rule 6. Capitalize names of the days of the week, months and holidays
Examples: Today is Friday, June 24, 2002.
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in November.

Rule 7. Capitalize names of historic periods, events and documents
Examples: The Olympic Games take place every four years.
The Battle of Gettysburg is well documented in history.

Rule 8. Capitalize names of race, ethnic groups, nationalities and languages
Examples: The Latin language is no longer spoken.
The British and the Americans are allies.

Rule 9. Capitalize names of religions and their followers, sacred books and figures
Example: Muslims study the Koran and Christians study the Bible.

 

Assignment

 

Find the words that need to be capitalized and list them on the lines below each sentence.

Write the correct Capitalization Rule number (see the list above) after the words that need to be capitalized. For example:

the books are on the table.

the – Rule 1

1. my favourite day of the week is saturday.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

2. We are flying to london tomorrow.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

3. in nine weeks, it will be christmas.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

4. our neighbour, george, is a teacher.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

5. have you seen the eiffel tower?

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

6. My uncle harry is a doctor.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

7. The book, charlotte’s web, is a well- known children’s book.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

8. Have you been to the gulf of mexico?

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

9. queen mother elizabeth lived to a very old age.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

10. Many chinese speak mandarin.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

11. some doctors work only in hospitals.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

12. Many roman catholics study the catechism.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

13. In january there are many winter storms.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

14. Every monday mary has a violin lesson.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

15. The movie jurassic park is about dinosaurs.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

16. The declaration of independence is an important document.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

17. Everyone hopes that the second world war will be the last great war.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

18. In the netherlands, dutch is the common language.

______________________________

______________________________

19. westminister abbey is a famous anglican church.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

20. Serious mountain climbers try to climb mount everest.

__________________ – Rule: ____________

__________________ – Rule: ____________

Answer Key

Capitalization

1. my favourite day of the week is saturday.

Answer: my – 1; saturday – 6

2. We are flying to london tomorrow.

Answer: london –  5

3. in nine weeks, it will be christmas.

Answer: in – 1;  christmas- 7

4. our neighbour, george, is a teacher.

Answer: our – 1; george – 3

5. have you seen the eiffel tower?

Answer: have –1; eiffel tower – 4

6. My uncle harry is a doctor.

Answer: uncle harry- 3

7. The book, charlotte’s web, is a well- known children’s book.

Answer: charlotte’s web- 2

8. Have you been to the gulf of mexico?

Answer: gulf of mexico- 5

9. queen mother elizabeth lived to a very old age.

Answer: queen – 1; queen mother Elizabeth – 3

10. Many chinese speak mandarin.

Answer: chinese  – 8; mandarin –  8

11. some doctors work only in hospitals.

Answer: some –1

12. Many roman catholics study the catechism.

Answer: roman catholics  -8; catechism- 9

13. In january there are many winter storms.

Answer:  january  -6

14. Every monday mary has a violin lesson.

Answer:  monday  -6;  mary –3

15. The movie jurassic park is about dinosaurs.

Answer: jurassic park- 2

16. The declaration of independence is an important document.

Answer: declaration of independence –7

17. Everyone hopes that the second world war will be the last great war.

Answer: second world war- 7

18. In the netherlands, dutch is the common language.

Answer: netherlands- 5;  dutch- 8

19. westminister abbey is a famous anglican church.

Answer: anglican church- 9; west minister abbey – 4

20. Serious mountain climbers try to climb mount everest.

Answer: mount everest- 4