Rules for Capitalisation

rules for capitalisation

In English there are a few very simple rules for capitalisation. We mainly use lower case letters, but in certain situations a capital letter is required. Here we’ll look at rules for capitalisation in English.

8 Simple Rules for Capitalisation

for the first letter of a sentence
We are going on holiday next week.
What time is it?

for the first-person singular pronoun, ‘I’ 
When I go to the cinema, I always get chocolate popcorn.
Have I returned your book?

with proper nouns  (see also here)
individualised names given to people, places or things

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with adjectives made from proper nouns
Marxism, Thatcherite, Shakespearean

for titles of books, films, songs, articles
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
To Kill A Mockingbird
small words such as prepositions, articles and conjunctions may not be capitalised, although the initial letter in the title will be capitalised even if it is a small word:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone with the Wind

the first word in a quotation
He stood up and announced, “It was me who took the money.”

with abbreviations and acronyms
NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
UN – United Nations

for emphasis
Children under the age of 16 are NOT allowed in.

The rules for capitalisation in English are really as simple as that!