What Is Capitalization?
When we write the first letter of a word in uppercase letters and the other leters in lowercase, we are capitalizing the word.
We capitalize words in the following contexts:
- Capitalization in Sentences
- Capitalization in Headlines
- Capitalization in Job Titles
- Capitalization in Directions
Let us discuss each case in more detail.
Capitalization in Sentences
As you can see, the first letter of the word is always capitalized.
When we have proper nouns in the sentence, their first letter must be capitalized, be it at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the sentence. Below is a list of some common proper nouns:
- Days of the Week and Months: Sunday, Thursday, August, July
- Names of People: Hannah, Michael, Patrick, Alicia
- Cities, Countries and Nationalities: London, Germany, French
- Religions: Orthodox, Protestantism, Satanism, Islam
- Brands: Gucci, Miu Miu, Prada, Versace, Rare Beauty
- Streets: Apple Street, Via Sacra, Park
She lives on
He's wearing a
Capitalization in Headlines and Titles
When writing titles and headlines, we have to capitalize the main words but not the prepositions and articles. Take a look at the following examples:
Please note that when the title/heading begins with a preposition or article, its first letter must be capitalized. Take a look at the following example:
to the Lighthouse...)
Capitalization in Job Titles
We can capitalize job titles on occasions such as:
- When we want to address someone directly by their job title
- When we want to use someone's name after the job title
I look forward to meeting you,
Capitalization in Direction
When we want to refer to specific geographical regions, we must capitalize directional words. Otherwise, it is not necessary. Compare the following examples:
Iran is a country in the Middle
This part on the map is