Using capital letters is important. It helps the reader to understand that you're talking about the name of something or person. It also indicates the beginning of a sentence.

1. At the beginning of a sentence: Her name is Susan. She lives in Jamaica.

2. The letter “I” when talking about yourself: I live in Yorkshire and I'm a teacher.

3. People’s names/ titles: Mr John Smith, Joanne Rudling, Mrs Burton, Dr Parker...

4. Also names of characters/ pets: Bugs Bunny, Scooter, Bobby, Mickey Mouse...

5. Place names:

  • Town/ Cities: London, Grimsby, New York, Sydney, Tehran...
  • Streets: 2 Oxford Street, 14 Gladesmore Road, 3 Mayfield Ave, 98 Lawrence Crescent...
  • Countries: Britain, Canada, Iraq, Poland, Fiji...
  • Landmarks/ Oceans/ Mountains/parks: Big Ben, Atlantic Ocean, Everest, English Channel, Lake Como, Hyde Park...
  • Institutions: the Home Office, London Underground, the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard...

  • 6. Shops, Cafes and Restaurants: Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Starbucks, Cafe Rouge, Greggs...

    7. Nationalities and languages: English, Irish, Canadian, Arabic, Kurdish...

    8. Religion: Christianity, Islam, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim...

    9.Titles: films, books, TV programmes, college – Terminator, Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice, City of Westminster College, Eastenders...

    10. Company/ Brand names: Mercedes, Puma, Nokia, Adidas, Apple, Prada, Armani...

    11. Names of teams/groups - football, rugby, community: Manchester United, Hull City FC, Spurs...

    12. Days of the week: Wednesday, Saturday, Monday, Friday...

    13. Months of the year: April, May, September, October, January, March...
    (but NOT seasons: autumn, winter, spring, summer)

    14. Some forms may require BLOCK CAPITALS, WHICH ARE ALL THE LETTERS IN CAPITALS - only write in block capitals on forms.

    15. Abbreviations - UN (United Nations) , BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), the USA, the UK, the EU (European Union), CNN, ITV...

    Click here for a list of capital letters to save on your computer

    Click here for a worksheet from the BBC Skillswise team