What is a Noun?
&
When to Capitalize
Nouns
What is a noun?
Person
girl, teacher, Kelly, matador
Place
Mountain City, country, forest
Thing
house, tree, cake, soda pop
Idea
democracy, truth, fantasy
Quality
boredom, beauty, hatred
When to
Capitalize
Nouns
Names of specific people
Capitalize
Lacey, Tasha, Matthew, the Willams family,
the Hunters
No Capitalization
family, boy, cousin, sister
Ranks and Titles
(when used with a particular
person’s name)
Capitalize
This is Aunt Jane, this is Doctor Jones, and
this is Professor Smith.
No Capitalization
That lady is my aunt, that man is a doctor,
and that man is a professor.
Titles of Movies, Books, Chapters,
and Articles
Rule: Capitalize the first word, last word,
and all important words in the middle of a
title.
Capitalize
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
No Capitalization
I read a good book last night.
Family Members
If you can substitute a name in the
sentence for mom, dad, aunt,
grandmom, etc. & it still makes sense,
capitalize it.
Capitalize
Mom and I went to the movies with Dad.
Mary and I went to the movies with Jim.
No Capitalization
My grandfather went fishing with my sister.
You would not say….
My Jim went fishing with my Sally.
Names of Specific Schools,
Businesses, Buildings,
Organizations, etc.
Capitalize
Apple Computer, Johnson County Middle
School, Appalachian State University,
Ford Motor Company
No Capitalization
I want a new computer. I am going to a
middle school, and plan to go to a
university after I attend high school.
Special Groups including Clubs,
Religions, Nationalities, Races of
People, Languages, Countries
Capitalize
Johnson County Longhorns, Republican
Party, Boys Scouts of America, Christians,
Hebrews, Africans, Mexicans, Spanish,
England, French cuisine, Italian pastry
No Capitalization
I wanted our team to win. Many club
members attended the game.
Days of the Week, Months, and
Holidays but not Seasons
Capitalize
Monday, January, Halloween, Christmas
No Capitalization
summer, fall, spring, winter, autumn
Geographic Areas
Capitalize
Tennessee, Mississippi River, Atlantic
Ocean, Franklin Street, Ralph Stout Park
No Capitalization
The river is deep. The mountains are tall. I
live down the street.
Regions of the United States
(Not Directions)
Capitalize
We live in Northeast Tennessee, but Mrs.
Miller was born in the South.
No Capitalization
Jacob lives on the north side of town.
Names for God and Sacred Books
Capitalize
God, Jehovah, Allah, the Bible, the Koran
No Capitalization
Ancient myths have stories about many
gods and goddesses.
Specific School Courses
Capitalize
I’m taking Algebra 101 and United States
History.
No Capitalization
I’m taking algebra and history.
Names of Planets
(not sun and moon)
Capitalize
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter,
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
No Capitalization
The moon is bright tonight.
Letters that Stand Alone
Capitalize
U-turn, X-ray, A+
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