- capital letters
- ◊ obligatory capital letterYou must use a capital letter for the first word of a sentence or a piece of direct speech. See entry at ↑ Punctuation.\You must also start the following words and word groups with a capital letter:\• names of people, organizations, books, films, and plays (except for short, common words like `of', `the', and `and')
...Miss Helen Perkins, head of management development at Price Waterhouse.
...their new film, `Three Men and a Little Lady'.\
Troilus and Coriolanus are the greatest political plays that Shakespeare wrote.Note that you spell even short, common words with a capital letter when they come at the beginning of the title of a book, film, or play.\
...his new book, `A Future for Socialism'.• names of places
Dempster was born in India in 1941.\
The strongest gust was recorded at Berry Head, Brixham, Devon.• names of days, months, and festivals
The trial continues on Monday.• nouns referring to people of a particular nationality• names of people used to refer to art, music, and literature created by them
In those days you could buy a Picasso for £300.
I listened to Mozart.\
I stayed in the dressing-room until lunchtime, reading my latest Jeffrey Archer.• nouns referring to products produced by a particular company
I bought a second-hand Volkswagen.• titles used in front of someone's name
There has been no statement so far from President Bush.\
The tower was built by King Henry II in the 12th century.• adjectives indicating nationality or place
...a French poet.\
...the Californian earthquake.• adjectives indicating that something is associated with or resembles a particular person
...his favourite Shakespearean sonnet.
...in Victorian times.\
He loved being the centre of attention and dropped easily into Tarzanesque poses.◊ 'I'The personal pronoun `I' is always written as a capital letter.◊ WARNINGThe words `me', `my', `mine', and `myself' are not written with a capital letter, unless they come at the beginning of a sentence.\◊ optional capital letterYou can use either a small letter or a capital letter at the beginning of\• words referring to directions such as `North' and `South'
We shall be safe in the north.\
The home-ownership rate in the South East of England is higher than in the North.• words referring to decades
Adult literacy work became in the seventies a kind of call for emergency troops.\
Most of it was done in the Seventies.• names of seasons
I planted it last autumn.\
In the Autumn of 1948 Caroline returned to the United States.• titles of people (especially when used to refer to a type of person)
...the great prime ministers of the past.
...one of the greatest Prime Ministers who ever held office.
...portraits of the president.\
...the brother of the President.◊ referring to GodSome people write `he', `him', and `his' with a capital letter when they are referring to God or Jesus.\
Some said they saw the Son of God; others did not see Him.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.