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Summary

Capital letters

In a nutshell

Capital letters are the very first letters of every sentence and the first letter of proper nouns. In this summary you will learn how to use capital letters.



Capital letters

Capital letters are used at the start of every sentence, when the first letter is capitalised. Unless you are starting a new sentence or using a proper noun, you won't need to use a capital letter, however it is important to know how to use them.


Example

"The dog had a fun day at the park."


The 't' at the start of the word 'the' at the beginning of this sentence is a capital t. This is because 'the dog had a fun day at the park.' is a complete sentence.



Proper nouns

It's important to always capitalise proper nouns. To better understand what a proper noun is, look at the examples here. 


Examples


proper noun

example

The pronoun 'I' (what you call yourself).
I
The names of people and their title
Juan
Mrs Singh
Places including cities, countries and street names
London
South Africa
Days of the week
Monday
Tuesday
Religions, nationalities and languages
Islam
French
Film and book titles
Paddington Bear
Spider-Man: No Way Home



Example​

before capitalisation

correct

"my friend harry lives in manchester."
"My friend Harry lives in Manchester."


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