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Frequently Made Mistakes in Grammar and Mechanics

Capitalization

Capitalization rules can be a little tricky sometimes.  Here is a basic capitalization chart to help with some of the more difficult rules.

Category

Example

First word of a sentence

I studied for finals today.

Letter writing

Dear Mr. Jones, Sincerely

Organizations

World Trade Organization

Days of the week
Months of the year
Holidays

Monday, Friday
April, October
Christmas, Thanksgiving

Group names:
Political
Religious groups
Nations


Democrats
Christians
Mexico

Government entities

 the Department of Labor

History:
Periods
Documents


the French Revolution
the Bill of Rights

Titles:
Government titles without a specific name
Academic degrees



President of the U.S.
Master of Arts Degree

Astronomical:
Planets
Moons


Earth, Saturn
Titan, Europa

Company names

Honda Corporation

School courses

English 100

Titles:
Articles
Books
Newspapers


“Economy and Society”
Animal Farm
The Los Angeles Times