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There are many capitalization rules in the English language. Among the many, the following ten are some of the basic capitalization rules you’ll come across when learning grammar and mechanics.
- Capitalize the word “I.”
- Capitalize the first word of every sentence.
- Capitalize the proper names of people.
- Capitalize a person’s title when followed by the name, takes the place of the person’s name, or is used in direct address.
- Capitalize the proper names of specific places (streets, cities, states, lakes, mountains, etc.).
- Capitalize words used to name a region like “the South” but do not capitalize directions (points on a compass).
- Capitalize company/brand names, school names, or organizations used as nouns or adjectives.
- Capitalize religious holidays, texts, and religions.
- Capitalize the first letter and all the major words in a title (not prepositions or articles).
- Capitalize specific holidays, months of the year, and days of the week, but NOT seasons.