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22 Capitalization In addition to the following guidelines, a good dictionary can often tell you when to use capital letters. 22a Proper vs. common nouns Proper nouns and words derived from them are capital- ized; common nouns are not. Proper nouns name spe- ciFc persons, places, and things. All other nouns are common nouns. The following types of words are usually capital- ized: names of deities, religions, religious followers, sacred books; words of family relationships used as names; particular places; nationalities and their lan- guages, races, tribes; educational institutions, depart- ments, degrees, particular courses; government de- partments, organizations, political parties; historical movements, periods, events, documents; speciFc elec- tronic sources; and trade names. PROPER NOUNS COMMON NOUNS God (used as a name) a god Book of Jeremiah a sacred book Grandmother Bishop my grandmother ±ather (used as a name) my father Lake Superior a picturesque lake the Capital Center a center for the arts the South a southern state Japan, a Japanese garden an ornamental garden University of Wisconsin a good university Geology 101 a geology course Veterans Administration a federal agency Phi Kappa Psi a fraternity the Democratic Party a political party the Enlightenment the eighteenth century Great Depression a recession the Declaration of a treaty Independence 88
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PROPER NOUNS COMMON NOUNS the World Wide Web, the Web a home page the Internet, the Net a computer network Kleenex a tissue Months, holidays, and days of the week are capital- ized: May, Labor Day, Monday. The seasons and num- bers of the days of the month are not: summer, the fFth oF June. Names of school subjects are capitalized only if they are names of languages: geology, history, English, ±rench. Names of particular courses are capitalized: Geology 101, Principles oF Economics. CAUTION: Do not capitalize common nouns to make them seem important: Our company is currently hiring tech- nical support staFF [not Company, Technical Support StaFF ]. 22b Titles with proper names Capitalize titles of persons when used as part of a proper name but usually not when used alone. Prof. Margaret Burnes; Dr. Harold Stevens; John Scott Williams Jr.; Anne Tilton, LL.D. District Attorney Mill was ruled out of order. The district attorney was elected for a two-year term. Usage varies when the title of an important public Fgure is used alone: The president [or President ] vetoed the bill. 22c Titles of works In both titles and subtitles of works such as books, arti- cles, and songs, major words should be capitalized. Minor words—articles, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions—are not capitalized unless they are the Frst or last word of a title or subtitle. The Impossible Theater: A ManiFesto Man in the Middle I Want to Hold Your Hand cap 89 Capitalization
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22d First word of a sentence or quoted sentence The frst word oF a sentence should oF course be capi- talized. Capitalize the frst word oF a quoted sentence but not a quoted phrase.
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2009 for the course COM 140 COM 140 taught by Professor Dorsey,c during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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