capitalize (verb): to write the first letter of a word with a capital letter
This month I'd like to challenge you to review the rules about capitalization. We don't use capitals very often. The 3 most common reasons for using a capital letter are:
1) at the beginning of a new sentence
2) for the pronoun "I"
3) the first letter of a proper noun
When I read the blog posts and comments on MyEC, I often notice people using capital letters incorrectly.
The 4 most common errors I see English learners making when it comes to capitalization are:
1) using a capital mid sentence for pronouns like "he", "she", or "it" (eg: My brother is so smart He graduated with honours.)
2) NOT using any capital letters and using commas instead of periods ( eg: i want to eat ben and jerry's ice cream, do you like ice cream, it's so hot outside today in mexico)
4) using capital letters for common nouns (eg: I bought a new Car today.)
Some people use capital letters incorrectly because they don't know the rules. Other people use capital letters incorrectly because they are being lazy. Text messaging and instant messaging (chat) have a role in this laziness. It's not a big deal to chat or text without capital letters. However, when you write a blog post, an essay, or a letter, it is better to use proper formatting. Readers will take your writing more seriously if you use capital letters properly.
A) Review the rules of capitalization on EnglishClub.
B) Start a new blog post. Use the title: Writing Challenge: To Capitalize or Not. This post will be a letter to a member of MyEC (or to me) about a trip you took. In your letter, include these 10 examples of capitals. (Your trip can be fictional or true.)
Here is a summary of EC's checklist of when to use capitals. Please include all 10 in your letter:
1) for the personal pronoun "I"
2) to begin a sentence or speech
3) for abbreviations
4) for days, months, holidays
5) for countries, nationalities, religions
6) for people's names and titles
7) for companies and organizations
8) for important places and monuments
9) for named vehicles
10) for specific works of art
C) Come back to this post and share a link to your blog post.
I am so happy that you enjoyed my video about New York. Visiting NYC on the Victoria Day weekend was a dream come true for me. Even though we only went for a long weekend, we still enjoyed four full days in the Big Apple. We left on Thursday and came back on Monday. The weather was wonderful! I highly recommend visiting New York in May. It did rain on our last day, but we were exhausted by then. We didn't mind walking down Broadway in the rain.
We met many friendly Americans on our trip! They helped us decide which places to see. One of my favourite places was the James A. Farley Post Office. It's located very close to Penn Station. I wanted to send my kids a postcard, but the lineups were too long. I took quite a few pictures to share with EnglishClub members.
We saw some fancy cars in New York City! I took a few pictures for my son, because he loves Ferraris and other expensive cars (he has a big Hot Wheels collection). We also saw many limousines and taxis. Apparently Bono was in town while we were there. We didn't see any celebrities, though. Out by the J.F.K airport we saw one of the space shuttles. I think it was the Enterprise.
One of the highlights of the trip was leaving a copy of my novel, "The Proper Order of Things", in Central Park. I hope someone will write to me soon to say that they found it and enjoyed it.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Note: Another word for capital is "upper case". The common short form is "caps". When you have to fill out a form you may hear someone say, "Please write in caps". This means they want you to write ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS.