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Capitalization


Proper Use of Capitals to Begin Proper Nouns

Capitalize all proper nouns, but not common nouns. While all nouns are persons, places, or things, proper nouns are the names of specific persons, places, or things. Examples of nouns that should be capitalized are religions, names of particular deities, races, government departments, educational institutions, languages, particular places (cities, states, landmarks), historical events, names, commonly used nicknames (Rock City for Detroit) and words of family relationship used as names (Uncle Steve). To differentiate between proper nouns and related common nouns, take a look at the following table:

Proper Noun Common Noun
Hinduism a religion
God (used as a name) a god
Department of the Treasury ---
Edison High School my high school
Chicago the city in upper Illinois
The French Revolution a revolution
Uncle Steve my uncle


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