Do I Need to Capitalize This?

When to Use Capital Letters (Proper nouns). See other posts for Titles and Sentences.

There are only three instances when you need capital letters: proper names, titles, and the beginning of sentences.

Examples Proper Names:

(subject of Titles and Sentences will be Thursday and Friday)

  • Institutions: Columbia College, the Eastman School of Music
  • Governmental matters: Congress (lowercase congressional), the U.S. Constitution (lowercase constitutional), the Electoral College, Department of Defense, Federal Communications Commission
  • Historical events: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812
  • Holidays: Groundhog Day, Easter
  • Structures: the Twin Towers, the Eiffel Tower
  • Natural and manmade landmarks: Mount Vesuvius, the Hoover Dam
  • Nicknames: Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson, Bill “Spaceman” Lee
  • Organizations: American Center for Civil Justice
  • Days of the week and months of the year: Wednesday, January
  • Abbreviations/acronyms of proper names: CSI, NASA, FEMA
  • Companies: Pillsbury Company, Microsoft
  • Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth
  • Religions and names of deities: Muslim, Jewish, God, Jehovah
  • Races, nationalities, and tribes: Caucasian, African-American, Eskimo
  • Special occasions: the Olympic Games, the Sundance Film Festival
  • Streets and roads: Interstate 44

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