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Capitalize the pronoun I: The pronoun "I" should always be capitalized.
Capitalize the pronoun I: The pronoun "I" should always be capitalized.
Capitalize the first word in a sentence or quotation.
Capitalize the first word in a sentence or quotation.
Capitalize Proper nouns and any adjectives formed from them.
Capitalize Proper nouns and any adjectives formed from them.
Capitalize the title that comes before a person's name. Capitalize a title when it is used as part or all of a person's name.
Capitalize the title that comes before a person's name. Capitalize a title when it is used as part or all of a person's name.
Capitalize names for God and pronouns that refer to Him.
Capitalize names for God and pronouns that refer to Him.
Capitalize only the first word of a direct quotation.
Capitalize only the first word of a direct quotation.
Capitalize words of family relationships when used with a person's name or as a substitute.
Capitalize words of family relationships when used with a person's name or as a substitute.
Capitalize nationalities, peoples, religions, and places of worship.
Capitalize nationalities, peoples, religions, and places of worship.
Capitalize titles and abbreviations of titles that precede personal or official names.
Capitalize titles and abbreviations of titles that precede personal or official names.
Capitalize the days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays. Don't capitalize seasons.
Capitalize the days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays. Don't capitalize seasons.
Capitalize the first word and all nouns in the salutation of a letter and the first word of the complimentary closing.
Capitalize the first word and all nouns in the salutation of a letter and the first word of the complimentary closing.
Capitalize the names of schools and other institutions such as universities, colleges, libraries, hospitals, and businesses.
Capitalize the names of schools and other institutions such as universities, colleges, libraries, hospitals, and businesses.
Capitalize the first word of every complete line of poetry.
Capitalize the first word of every complete line of poetry.
Capitalize agencies, organizations, and political parties.
Capitalize agencies, organizations, and political parties.
Capitalize languages and course names with numbers. Do not capitalize school subjects.
Capitalize languages and course names with numbers. Do not capitalize school subjects.
Capitalize compass points ONLY when they name geographical regions. Capitalize the names of planets and stars.
Capitalize compass points ONLY when they name geographical regions. Capitalize the names of planets and stars.
Capitalize titles of organizations, literary and music titles, and titles of work of art. Do not capitalize conjunctions or prepositions…
Capitalize titles of organizations, literary and music titles, and titles of work of art. Do not capitalize conjunctions or prepositions…
Capitalize the first, last, and all important words in the titles of books, movies, songs, newspapers, magazines, and television programs.
Capitalize the first, last, and all important words in the titles of books, movies, songs, newspapers, magazines, and television programs.
Capitalize a person's title when it precedes the name. Do not capitalize when the title is acting as a description following the name.
Capitalize a person's title when it precedes the name. Do not capitalize when the title is acting as a description following the name.
Capitalize the person's title when it follows the name on the address of signature line.
Capitalize the person's title when it follows the name on the address of signature line.
Capitalize the title of high-ranking government officials when used before their names. Do not capitalize the civil title if it is used instead of the name.
Capitalize the title of high-ranking government officials when used before their names. Do not capitalize the civil title if it is used instead of the name.
Capitalize any title when used as a direct address.
Capitalize any title when used as a direct address.
Always capitalize the first and last words of titles of publications regardless of their parts of speech. capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be.
Always capitalize the first and last words of titles of publications regardless of their parts of speech. capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be.
Capitalize federal or state when used as part of an official agency name or in government documents where these terms represent an official name. If they are being used as general terms, you may use lowercase letters.
Capitalize federal or state when used as part of an official agency name or in government documents where these terms represent an official name. If they are being used as general terms, you may use lowercase letters.
You may capitalize words such as department, bureau, and office.
You may capitalize words such as department, bureau, and office.
Do not capitalize names of seasons
Do not capitalize names of seasons
Capitalize the first work of a salutation and the first word of a complimentary close.
Capitalize the first work of a salutation and the first word of a complimentary close.
Capitalize words derived from proper nouns
Capitalize words derived from proper nouns
Capitalize the names of specific course titles.
Capitalize the names of specific course titles.
After a sentence ending with a colon, do not capitalize the first word if it begins a list.
After a sentence ending with a colon, do not capitalize the first word if it begins a list.
Do not capitalize when only one sentence follows a sentence ending with a colon.
Do not capitalize when only one sentence follows a sentence ending with a colon.
Capitalize when two or more sentences follow a sentence ending with a colon.
Capitalize when two or more sentences follow a sentence ending with a colon.