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The rules for capitalization are very simple. (Click here for examples:

Always use capitals for:

1. The pronoun "I".

2. The first word of a sentence, or of a fragment.

3. The days of the week and months of the year.

4. The names of languages.

5. Words that identify nationalities or ethnic groups

(Exception: All roads lead to Rome, but The type style called roman does not lean like italic type).

6. Proper names (names or titles that refer to an individual person, place, institution, or event).

7. Names of distinctive historical periods: the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution.

8. The names of festivals and holy days: Christmas, Easter, Ramadan.

9. Religious terms, including the names of religions and their followers; names or titles of divine beings; titles of certain important figures; names of important events; and names of sacred books.

10. The titles or names of books, plays, poems, films, magazines, newspapers or pieces of music use capitals for the first word and every significant word (except words such as the, of, and or in, when they do not appear as the first word).

11. The first word of a direct quotation if the quotation is a complete sentence, but not if it is not.

12. The brand names of manufacturers and their products: Ford Escort, Sony Walkman, Apple Mac.

Do not use capitals for:

13. The names of the seasons.

14. Names of disciplines and school subjects unless they also happen to be the names of languages: She's taking exams in history, geography and English.

15. The word god when it refers to a pagan deity.

Other situations:

16. Roman numerals are usually capitalized; however, small roman numerals are used to number the pages of the front matter in books.

17. An entire word or phrase can be written in capital letters in order to emphasize it.

Last modified:15 September 2017 9.00 p.m.