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712 41 Capitalization Using Capital Letters Understand Capitalization There are three basic rules of capitalization: Capitalize the F rst letter of every new sentence. names of speciF c people, places, dates, and things. important words in titles. If you can remember these three rules, you will avoid the most common errors in capitalization. Practice Capitalization Capitalization of Sentences Capitalize the F rst letter in each new sentence, including the F rst word in a direct quotation. M ary was surprised when she saw all the people. She asked, “ W hat’s going on here?” IDEA JOURNAL Write a guide to your family: their names, where they live, where they grew up, and where they work. Answers to odd- numbered practice items are at the back of the book. ¡
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EDITING ESSAYS Chapter 41 • Capitalization 713 PRACTICE 1 CAPITALIZING THE FIRST WORD IN A SENTENCE Edit the following paragraph, changing lowercase letters to capital letters as needed. If a sentence is already correct, put a “C” next to it. (1) Many fans of classic F lms point to 1939 as the greatest year in cinema history. (2) Moviegoers that year were mesmerized by Rhett Butler telling Scarlett O’Hara, “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (3) the same year, audiences thrilled to the story of little Dorothy, who clicked her heels together and chanted, “there’s no place like home.” (4) the F lms of 1939 still make movie buffs shake their heads and mutter, “they don’t make movies like that anymore!” Capitalization of Names of SpeciF c People, Places, Dates, and Things Capitalize the F rst letter in names of speciF c people, places, dates, and things. Do not capitalize general words such as college as opposed to the speciF c name: Lincoln College . Look at the examples for each group. People Capitalize the F rst letter in names of speciF c people and in titles used with names of speciF c people. SPECI±IC NOT SPECI±IC Carol Schopfer my friend Dr. D’Ambrosio the physician Professor Shute your professor Aunt Jane, Mother my aunt, my mother The name of a family member is capitalized when the family member is being addressed directly or when the family title is standing in for a F rst name. For more practice with capitalization, visit Exercise Central at bedfordstmartins .com/realessays . The word president is not capitalized unless it comes directly before a name as part of that person’s title: President George W. Bush. ¡
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EDITING ESSAYS 714 Part Seven • Punctuation and Capitalization Good to see you, Dad. I see Mother is now taking classes. In other instances, do not capitalize. It is my father’s birthday. My mother is taking classes. Places Capitalize the F rst letter in names of speciF c buildings, streets, cities, states, regions, and countries.
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course COM 155 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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