English Capitalization Rules and Example Sentences
Capitalize Cities, Countries, Nationalities, and Languages
The names of countries, cities, nationalities, and languages are proper nouns, they should be capitalized.
- My uncle is Dutch.
Capitalize the First Word of a Sentence
This one’s easy. Always capitalize the first word of a sentence.
- The dog is sleeping, deeply.
Capitalize Names and Other Proper Nouns
It should be always capitalized people’s names.
- My favourite author is Albert Camus.
Don’t Capitalize After a Colon (Usually)
Generally, you don’t need to capitalize after a colon.
- She has a passion: cycling.
Capitalize the First Word of a Quote (Sometimes)
It should be capitalized the first word of a quote when the quote is a complete sentence. Don’t capitalize the first word of partial quotes.
- My mom said she was “way too busy” to join the team.
Capitalize Days, Months, and Holidays, But Not Seasons
The names of days, months, and holidays are proper nouns should be capitalized.
- Our wedding anniversary is in June.
Capitalize Most Words in Titles
The capitalization rules for titles of books, movies, and other works vary slightly. In general, the first word, all nouns, all verbs, all adjectives, and all proper nouns should be capitalized.
- My first movie is Harry Potter.