Capital letters and punctuation

capitals

See also The English4Today Grammar: Capitals (nouns) for how capital letters are used with some nouns.

Capital letters are important ‘markers’ in English punctuation. They are used:

1. at the start of a sentence

  • Bali is an Indonesian Island.
  • It is a lovely day.

2. with proper nouns (particular persons, places and things):

  • Her name is Mary.
  • She lives in Spain.
  • She was born on Tuesday the sixth of June, 1998. She lives at 10 Greenstoke Avenue, Newbay, Bristol.

3. with adjectives that come from proper nouns

  • They live in a Georgian house.
  • He loved Japanese films.

4. for the first and all of the main words in titles

  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Queen of England
  • The Heart of Darkness
  • The University of Delaware
  • The Second World War

5. For the pronoun ‘I’

  • In the future I hope that I will be able to visit Turkey.

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