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0007 Standard Use of Verbs
0008 Standard Use of Pronouns
0009 Modifiers - Adverbs, Adjectives, Prepositional Phrases
0010 How Language Varies According to Context
0011 Sentence Structure: Fragments and Run-ons
0012 Standard Use of Punctuation
0013 Standard Use of Capitalization
0014 Standard Use of Spelling
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0015 Prepare a Developed Composition

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0013 Identify the Standard Use of Capitalization

Recognizing Standard Initial Capitalization and Capitalization of Proper Words and Titles

  • Capitalize the first word of every sentence, even a quotation within a sentence.

    Example: The president said, "I will try to gain consensus and report to you the next meeting."

  • Capitalize proper nouns such as names and titles of people.

    Example: President Obama, Madonna, The Grateful Dead, George Clooney.

  • Capitalize proper nouns such as regions of the country.

    Example: The South, Southwest, Southern Arizona.

  • Capitalize proper nouns such as names of places, holidays, specific dates.

    Example: Arizona, New Year's Day, Epcot Center, the Romantic Period.

  • Capitalize countries, races, and languages.

    Example: Japanese, English, Caucasian, Mexico.

  • Capitalize names of businesses and organizations.

    Example: Central Baptist Church, Times Square Shopping Center, Islam, Arizona Education Association.

  • Capitalize names of college courses if they are specific; do not capitalize if they are general names of classes.

    Example: sociology, Sociology 2450, Biology 1130, French, physical education.

  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in titles of books, poems, songs; do not capitalize an article or preposition unless it is the first word of the title.

    Example: "The Song of the South," King Lear, Fiddler on the Roof.