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Correcting Capitalization 1

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Correcting Capitalization 1

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Your Turn Read the capitalization rules. Then read this paragraph, which has errors in capitalization. Write any incorrect word but correct the capitalization, or print the lesson to mark your corrections.

Capitalization Rules:

  1. Capitalize the first word in a sentence.
  2. Capitalize proper nouns (the names of people, places, or things): George Washington, Valley Forge, Ford Falcon.
  3. Capitalize proper adjectives (modifiers formed from proper nouns): American general, Pennsylvanian camp, Ford automobile.
  4. Leave common nouns lowercased unless they appear at the beginning of a sentence. A common noun is not a name: general, camp, or automobile.


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