Grammar: Capitalization Checklist

Not sure whether to capitalize?  Take a looksie at the list below.

–The first word of every sentence.

–The first word of a quoted sentence.

–The specific name of a person (and his/her title), a place, or a thing (otherwise known as proper nouns).  Proper nouns include specific locations and geographic regions, political, social, and athletic organizations, historical events, documents and periods, nationalities and their languages, religions, their members and deities, brand and/or trade names and holidays.

–The abbreviations for proper nouns.

–Adjectives derived from proper nouns.

–The pronoun “I”.

–The most important words in a title.

I hope that helps a bit.

Enjoy, learners.


I get tons of questions on this topic.

Let’s walk through it together.

WHO is used for people.  It’s a sign of respect given only to the human being/God.

THAT and WHICH you use for everything else.

THAT is to introduce restrictive clauses.  The restrictive clause is one which is essential to the meaning of a sentence.  If you toss it, the meaning of the entire sentences changes.

WHICH introduces the non-restrictive or parenthetical clause.  Just the opposite.  If you get rid of it, the fundamental meaning of the sentence won’t be altered.  It’s either in brackets or set off between commas; that’s the best way to tell.

Not nearly as hard as you thought it was, right?


Enjoy, learners.