At first glance, the rules of capitalization in English might seem very easy, but as you write you might find out that capitalization goes beyond proper nouns and the first word of every sentence. Thus, here are 10 capitalization rules you should know for a well written write-up:
- Capitalize the first word of every sentence.
- “I” is always capitalized, along with all its contractions.
Example: I can do it.
Example: I’ll do it tomorrow.
Example: I’m going to do it now.
- Capitalize the first word of a quoted sentence.
Example: She said, “I can do this.”
- Capitalize a proper noun.
Example: Eiffel Tower
Example: Christopher Knight
Example: Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Capitalize a person’s title when it precedes the name.
Example: Doctor Smith
Exception: Mr. Smith, the doctor at the hospital, came to check up on me.
- Capitalize any title when used as a direct address.
Example: “Will you please answer the question, Senator?”
- Do not capitalize names of seasons.
- Capitalize points of the compass only when they refer to specific regions.
Example: I have relatives visiting from the South.
Example: I drove south to the end of the block.
- After a sentence ending with a colon, do not capitalize the first word if it begins a list.
Example: These are my favorite foods: chicken, potatoes and bread.
- Capitalize the first word and all the words in titles of books, articles, works of art, etc. excluding short prepositions and conjunctions.
Example: “EzineArticles Writing and Marketing”