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There are rules for capitalization in English.

  • The personal pronoun I
  • The first word of every sentence
  • The first word and every important word in the title of a book, song, movie, etc. (The Sound and the FuryLady and the Tramp, “Puff, the Magic Dragon”)
  • The first word of a direct quotation (Lincoln said, “Four score and…”), unless the quote is blended into the sentence (He said he’d be done “in a jiffy.”). When a quote is interrupted, do not capitalize the first word after the interruption (“Life,” he said, “is like a box of chocolates.”)
  • A person’s title, but only if it precedes his or her name (Senator Rayburnthe senator from Georgia).
  • All proper nouns, including the names of buildings, monuments, churches, schools, streets, cities, states, countries, languages, religions, and nationalities
  • The days of the week, the months of the year, and holidays
Do not capitalize:
  • The first word after a colon, except in some cases when it begins an independent clause
  • The names of academic courses, unless they refer to an ethnic or national origin or are the names of specific courses (for example, I am taking geometry or I was late for Intro to Physics)