When to Use Capital Letters

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Capital letters are used for proper nouns, for the pronoun "I," for the beginning of first and last names, for titles, in acronyms and at the beginning of each new sentence. Find out when it is appropriate to use capital letters with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura, from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about how to use capitalization. Use capital letters for proper nouns. For example, a name of a place, The Golden Gate Bridge. And also, use capital letters for the pronoun I, and for the beginning of first and last names. Capital letters are also used for titles, such as king or president, and they're used for the first letters of an acronym. For example, NAACP, you would capitalize all of the letters in that acronym. Now, there's more, a lot more interesting examples of capitalization. For example, do you know that planets are always capitalized? Continents and countries are always capitalized. You also use capitalization when you're referring to basically almost any geographical place, a city, a state. Capital letters are used the for the begin, the first words in any outline. They're used for words in a title of a book, a story, a song. Almost any anything that would be referred to as a piece of writing, the the title words are are mainly capitalized. An exception is the New York Times, or the the London Times. Usually, the word the is not capitalized in those. That's kind of an accepted publishing rule is that the the before the name of a newspaper is in lower case. So, those are some ideas about how to use capitalization.


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