#EngTips: Capitalization (2)

Hey, Fellas! We meet again. How was your day? Last week session, we have discussed some rules of capitalization. Today, we will continue to discuss the others. Here we go!

  1. Do not capitalize compass directions (south, etc.) that aren’t being used as a name.
    • Example:
      • “We’re leaving West Java and heading north this month.”
  2. Do not capitalize earth’s landscape (e.g.: river, hill, sea) that aren’t being used as a name, especially when the term is used descriptively.
    • Example:
      • Semeru mountain
      • Toba lake
  3. However, if the earth’s landscape is being used as a name and being an actual part of a proper noun, it needs to be capitalized.
    • Example:
      • Mount Krakatau
      • Sahara Desert
      • Jimbaran Beach
  4. Do not capitalize occupation before full names. However, titles replacing one’s first name are capitalized.
    • Example:
      • “The soccer team was trained by coach James.”
      • “Here comes Doctor Smith.”
  5. Do not capitalize the first item in a list followed by a colon.
    • Example:
      • “You need to buy: apples, grapes, and mangos.”
  6. Do not capitalize coordinating conjunction (and, but, yet, or, nor, for, so) unless it is first or last word in a title.
    • Example:
      • “So Quiet on the Canine Front is a 1930 comedy short film.”
      • “There are ten movies in Abbot and Costello series.”
  7. Do not capitalize an article (a, an, the) unless it is first or last word in a title.
    • Example:
      • “The Atlantis Interceptors was influenced by Mad Max.”

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. I hope it could be useful for you.
Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U. Saturday, 27 January, 2018.


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