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Author: Dan Reade

    Introduce standard rules for capitalization and common errors. 


    Explain when to capitalize proper nouns.


    Explain what words to capitalize in titles or headings.


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand the mechanics of English composition and who is confused about how to correctly incorporate capitalization. It will explain when to capitalize words in a sentence.

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The Basics of Capitalization

Capitalization seems easy but, just like so many other parts of English, there are many rules that can trip up writers. The PDF below goes through some of the basic points of capitalization and also examines common mistakes.


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Capitalizing Proper Nouns

The following video defines proper nouns and shows rules for their capitalization.

Source: Dan Reade

Capitalizing Titles and Headings

The following video shows the basic rules for capitalizing titles and headings.

Source: Dan Reade