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Capital letters

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Using capital letters in English might differ from other languages. Here are some guidelines:

The word 'I' is always written with a capital letter. Newspapers often use capital letters for headlines. We also use capital letters in these situations:

The first word in a sentence.
The first word of direct speech.
When starting a quotation.
For titles and ranks – Captain Sparrow
Proper nouns – names, days, months, roads, cities etc.
Adjectives which are nationalities or languages.
For poetry.

Certain organizations such as NASA, UNESCO etc.

Words like Uncle, Aunt, Mother, when they replace the name and not if they are followed by a possessive pronoun.

Uncle came to visit us last week. But not with – I saw my uncle at the train station.

Lesson by Tristan, English teacher at EC Malta English school

Select the correct word for the following:

  • 1) I think that ___ is my favorite day of the week.

  • 2) There are very few countries in the world that do not teach ___ at school.

  • 3) He always buys ___.

  • 4) Her accent is that of a typical ___.

  • 5) I have to call ___ today. It's his birthday.

  • 6) I spoke to his ___ yesterday.

  • 7) He won a prize in a ___ exhibition.

  • 8) Our ___ comes from Australia.