Grammar: Capital Letters
Capital letters should be used sparingly. Using too many capital letters, or using them incorrectly can undermine and confuse your writing and your reader. When you write in all capital letters, it sounds like you’re shouting and can be quite off-putting.
There are a few rules to remember for using capital letters. Use capital letters:
- At the start of a sentence or a direct quotation
- I (meaning me - "I went to the bathroom")
- For the first letter of a specific person, place, organisation or branded product
- "John works for Amazon in Dublin"
- "Mary only uses Xerox copiers for some reason"
- "I bought the Blackberry in Belfast"
- Coming before people's names e.g "Mr" "Ms" "Dr"
- Titles of books, magazines TV shows etc "The Wire" "The Sound of Music"
- Any other unique thing e.g "Mount Everest" "The Statue of Liberty"
- Acronyms (e.g ETB, FET)
- Calendar items (e.g. Christmas, Wednesday, December)
Image source: "Ned 'N' Edna's Blend" The Simpsons Season 23 Episode 1