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Capitalization Rules

Basic Capitalization Rules

Use a capital letter for:

Rule 1: the pronoun "I".
                Example: Yogesh and I are friends.

Rule 2: the first word of a sentence.
                Example: We are happy.

Rule 3: names and titles of people.
                Examples: Mrs.* Sharma
                                  Professor Komal
                                  Dr. Choudhry

Rule 4: the days of the week.
                 Examples: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Rule 5: the months of the year.
                  Examples: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September,  October, November and December

Rule 6: holidays.
                 Examples: Christmas Day
                                   Thanksgiving Day
                                    New Year's Day

Rule 7: names of places: countries, states, provinces, cities, streets, oceans, lakes, rivers and mountains.
                  Examples: China
                                      Hong Kong
                                      Andaman and Nicobar Islands
                                      New Delhi
                                      Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg    
                                      Indian Ocean
                                      Fateh Sagar Lake
                                      Amazon River
                                      Mount Everest

Rule 8: nationality and languages.
                     Examples: American

Rule 9: religions.
                      Examples: Hinduism

Rule 10: the first word of a title in a book or a movie. Capitalize the other words but not article, short prepositions and conjunctions.
                      Examples: Alice in Wonderland
                                          Romeo and Juliet
                                          Pirates of the Caribbean

Exception: Seasons of the year are only capitalized when they begin a sentence.
                      Example: Last summer I went to New York.
                                        Winter class schedule is now available.

*Mrs. = a married woman          Miss = an unmarried woman       Ms. = a married or an unmarried woman
   Mr. = a married or an unmarried man

Capitalization Rules Capitalization Rules Reviewed by Komal Ganjoo on March 07, 2017 Rating: 5

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