Wouldn’t you love to have a ready reference of when to capitalize and when not to?The Grammar Cop has made up such a guide for you.
- A person’s name.
- A person’s title when it precedes the name.
- Days of the week, months of the year.
- Special days, holidays.
- Organizations and abbreviations of organizations.
- Historical periods, documents, and events.
- Nationality, race, or language.
- Personification of objects or abstract concepts.
- First word of a statement.
- When used as part of a proper name: lake, county, high school, college, river, street, park, country, company, institution, etc. (Ohio River, the river)
- A noun identifying a family member when used as a name. (Mom, your mom)
- Geographical locations-specific. (The West, out west)
- References to the Diety.
- The pronoun “I.”
- Acronyms (AT&T, URL)
- In a title, all words except prepositions, articles, and conjunctions of four letters or less (Days of Thunder) unless it’s the first word. (The Runaway Bride)
- Subjects studied that are specific titles (Composition 101, meterology, American History 202, biology)
- Points on a compass or direction.
- Seasons of the year.
- Pronouns other than “I” unless at the start of a sentence or part of a title.
We watched West Wing before heading down south.
Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, according to my mother.
Mother is always right about summer holidays.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and best wishes for the new year.
As always, you should consult a dictionary or grammar or style reference when in doubt.Happy writing!