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Capital Letters The Painter 
to the Moon
Marc Chagall

1. A capital letter is used for the first word in a sentence.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
2. Every proper noun begins with a capital letter. A proper noun is a noun that names a particular person, a particular place, or a particular thing. The following are proper nouns:
The name of a person -- Patrick Coleman, Anne White
The name of a city or a town -- Buffalo, Centralia
The name of a state or a country -- Texas, China
The name of a street or an avenue -- Market Street, Chester Avenue
The name of a holiday -- Christmas, Thanksgiving
The name of a school -- Upton School, John Monroe Middle School
The name of a religious denomination -- Catholic, Quaker, Protestant
The name of a political party -- Democratic, Republican
The name of a day of the week -- Sunday, Friday
The name of a month of the year -- January, October
3. An abbreviation begins with a capital letter when a capital would be used if the word were written in full.
Dr. John Warren Dawes moved to Ohio.
The last item on Mother's shopping list is "1 qt. strawberries."
4. An initial is always written with a capital letter.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
5. The principal words in titles of books, plays, poems, pictures, and compositions are written with capital letters.
"America for Me" was written by Henry Van Dyke.
6. The first word in a direct quotation is always written with a capital letter.
A direct quotation is the use of the exact words of a speaker. Even if the quotation begins in the middle of the sentence, the first word of the quotation is written with a capital letter.

Robert said, "Catch me if you can."

Adapted from Voyages in English - Fifth Year, by 
Rev. Paul E. Campbell and Sister Mary Donatus MacNickle. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1943.