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SPAG: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: Capitalization

Tips to improve and correct common errors in academic and formal writing.

Proper nouns

More about proper nouns

Capitalize proper nouns and nouns used as names.

Proper nouns are the names of specific people, places, or things.


I went to Woodrow Wilson High School.
I went to high school.

Nouns that take the place of proper nouns are usually capitalized as well.


Mom, can I go to Aunt Bertha's now?
My mom says I can go to my aunt's house now. She is president of her own design company, Polka Dot Design.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

More about the name of The Church

We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Notice the capital T, the lower-case d and the hyphen? This is the correct spelling of the name of the Church.

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