Using capital letters properly is a sign of respect for your audience and subject. By not using, or misusing capital letters, your readers may think that you don’t know what’s correct (or even worse, don’t care). It may send a message to others that makes you look thoughtless. None of us would want that.
If you want to know when to use capital letters (majuscules) in writing, take a look at the guidelines below from Improving Communications.
Use the materials sparingly.
Stephen King (vs. writer)
Omaha / Nebraska / Ireland
Caucasian / French / Italian
Tuesday / March / Independence Day
God / Christ / Buddha / Allah
“Let’s Groove” / Angela’s Ashes
He lived out East. / The South is hot.
Dad / Grandma / Mother
Doctor Jones (not the doctor)
“Capital idea, my boy! Capital idea!” (The immortal words of Thurston Howell III)
This information is from the Effective Business Writing class. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of the public classes scheduled currently for the New York City area.
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