Use of Capital Letters
Capitalize names of particular persons or places.
- the Rotary Club
- Northeastern University
- the Empire State Building
First words in lines of poetry:
- It was many and many a year ago,
- In a kingdom by the sea,
Never capitalize a junior high school or high school unless it is the name of a specific school.
- Clayton Junior High
School subjects are not capitalized except for the names of languages.
- I am studying history and French.
The name of a particular class or course is capitalized especially when followed by a number.
- My class is Keyboarding 1120
- A new course called Current History has been added.
Don’t capitalize seasons–spring, winter, etc.
Capitalize “north, east, south, west” when they indicate parts of the country.
- I lived in the East for ten years.
When these words indicate direction, don’t capitalize them.
- Walk four miles north to get to the next town.
Titles of people are capitalized when they are followed by the name–
- Uncle Joseph, Aunt DaNeene, etc.
Titles of people in very high national or state offices are often capitalized even when not followed by the name.
- Every American President has had problems to face.
- The Secretary of State has left for Europe.
When the position is referred to instead of the person, the position is not capitalized.
- The President has not named a new secretary of state.
When the title of a person is used in place of the name, it is capitalized. (This rule generally occurs in direct address).
- Will you come with me, Mother?
- Good morning, Professor.
Do not capitalize words of family relationship when used with a possessive pronoun.
- my cousin Jim, your aunt Sally.
Capitalize the first words and all important words in a title.
The Last of the Mohicans, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Capitalize words referring to the Deity.