Monday, 31 December 2012 08:27

When To Use Capital Letters Featured

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

When To Use Capital Letters

Sometimes it’s hard to know when to capitalise the first letter of a word and when not to capitalise the first letter of a word. Luckily there are some basic rules to follow that make it a lot easier to get this area of grammar right. If you can learn these rules and follow these rules, you should be on the right track.

Always use capital letters for:

  • Proper nouns – names of people, pets, towns, states, countries, streets, suburbs, rivers and mountains;
  • Salutations – Mr, Mrs, Dr, etc…;
  • The pronoun I;
  • The first word of a sentence;
  • Days of the week, months of the year and specific periods of history;
  • Names of languages, nationalities, denominations, religions, churches, holy days, festivals, schools and firms;
  • Titles of books, poems, plays, films, songs, magazines, newspapers (use a capital for the first word and any significant words, but not minor words like the, of, and, in);
  • Titles of brands, restaurants and ships;
  • The first word of direct speech;

These rules cover most situations when a capital should be used, but there are more. A general rule of thumb to follow is: a generic word isn’t capitalised and a specific word is capitalised.

Kristy Taylor is a syndicated freelance journalist with articles and short stories strewn across all forms of media. She has written and published numerous books, and is the executive editor of KT Publishing, which encompasses several web sites. For free listings of short story competitions visit

To contact Kristy, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This piece may NOT be freely reprinted. Please contact editor @ for reprint rights.

Click here to return to the index of Articles

Read 734 times Last modified on Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:03

Comments powered by CComment

Latest Posts

  • The Creative Industry Needs to Look at Things Differently Post Budget 2022
    On 29 October 2021, the Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz tabled Budget 2022 in the Malaysian parliament. RM50 million has been allocated for the arts and culture industry. This comes after a year and a half after the entire industry came to an absolute standstill. With…
  • ‘The Covid Positives’ – life lessons learnt from the pandemic by Phanindra Ivatury
    After a long drawn battle with the biggest catastrophe in our living memory, global humanity is finally getting to see some quintessential ray of light at the end of the treacherous tunnel in the form of COVID-19 vaccines, currently being rolled out to all parts of the globe. A ‘COVID-19…
  • Chaos of Whole Books
    Is it possible to read several books at once? Aneeta Sundararaj finds out. When I was a child, my cousin used to boast that he could read four storybooks at a time. As an adult, when he invested in an e-Reader, he continued to boast that he could…
  • Writing for You? Or for Me?
    Writing for You? Or for Me? ‘You must always write with your reader in mind.’ This was one of the first pieces of advice that I received when I began my writing career. Honestly, I found this extremely hard to do because more often than not, I couldn’t picture my…
  • One Book That Changed My Writing Life
    My latest novel, The Age of Smiling Secrets was shortlisted for two categories in the Book Award 2020 organised by the National Library of Malaysia. When I reflected on the journey that this book has taken, I acknowledged the enormous influence of one of my all-time favourite books, Joseph Anton:…