Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Writing for Grammar: Capital Letters - Part 1

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Last full revision by Chris Berry.
Last edited by Karl Stolley on August 20th 2006 at 8:23PM

Use capital letters in the following ways:

1) The first words of a sentence

When he tells a joke, he sometimes forgets the punch line.

2) The pronoun "I"

The last time I visited Atlanta was several years ago.

3) Proper nouns (the names of specific people, places, organizations, and sometimes things)

Worrill Fabrication Company
Prince Edward Island
Supreme Court
Tamworth, Ontario
Atlantic Ocean
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

4) Family relationships (when used as proper names)

I sent a thank-you note to Aunt Abigail, but not to my other aunts.
Here is a present I bought for Mother.
Did you buy a present for your mother?

5) The names of God, specific deities, religious figures, and holy books

God the Father
the Virgin Mary
the Bible
the Greek gods

6) Exception: Do not capitalize the non-specific use of the word "god."

The word "polytheistic" means the worship of more than one god.

For more information, refer to CP Caps and Spelling, The Canadian Press, 15th Edition, 2000.

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