Capital Letters in
Business Letters



Capital Letters in Business Letters :




Capital Letters in Business Letters :


Rule 1 — The first word of every sentence should begin with a capital letter.

Example : One's first duty is the one that lies nearest.



Rule 2 — The first word of every line of poetry should begin with a capital letter.

Example : For God hath marked each sorrowing day, And numbered every secret tear. — Bryant.



Rule 3 — The first word of every direct quotation should begin with a capital letter.

Example : Pope says, "Hope dwells eternal in the human breast."



Rule 4 — The first word of every direct question should begin with a capital letter.

Example : Ask yourself this question. Are you making the most of your time?



Rule 5 — Every proper noun should begin with a capital letter.

Example : Martha, John Quincy Adams, New York.



Rule 6 — Adjectives derived from proper nouns should begin with capital letters.

Example : American from America, English from England, Christian from Christ.

Note : 1 — When, by long usage, adjectives have lost all associations with the nouns from which they are derived, they are not capitalized ; as, stentorian from Stentor, herculean from Hercules.

Note : 2 — The names of religious sects should begin with capital letters as, Protestants, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists.



Rule 7 — The words north, south, east and west should begin with capitals when they refer to sections of the country, but not when they refer simply to directions.

Examples : The journal is circulated throughout the South and the Southwest. The wind is from the west.



Rule 8 — The names of the days of the week and the months of the year should begin with capital letters.

Examples : Monday, Tuesday, September, December.

Note — The names of the seasons should not begin with capital letters as, fall, winter, spring, summer.



Rule 9 — The words street, lake, river, etc., should begin with capitals when used in connection with proper nouns.

Examples : Main Street, the Hudson River, Lake Como.



Rule 10 — Words representing important historical events and epochs of time should begin with capital letters.

Examples : The Middle Ages, The Revolution



Rule 11 — When used as a part of a name or applied to particular persons, titles of honor or office should begin with capital letters.

Example : The address was delivered by Senator Dolliver.



Rule 12 — In the titles of books and essays every noun, pronoun, adjective, verb and adverb should begin with a capital letter.

Example : I enjoyed reading "The Man without a Country."

Note — The articles (the, a or an) should be written with a capital only when used as the first word of a title.



Rule 13 — The words I and O should always be written with capital letters.



Rule 14 — The words Bible, Scriptures and all names of books of the Bible should begin with capital letters.



Rule 15 — All names of the Deity and personal pronouns referring to the Deity should begin with capital letters.

Example : God has given the land to man, but the sea….He has reserved to Himself.



Rule 16 — Common nouns, when vividly personified, should begin with capital letters.

Example : Come, gentle Spring


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