Capitalization Exercise (201)

Edit the following sentences for errors of capitalization, adding or deleting capitals as appropriate. (Note: Always capitalize the titles of articles, books, magazines, songs, albums, television shows, plays, etc.)

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Nineteenth Century readers looked to hamlet for answers to the angst of their age; our present period would benefit from studying king Lear.
Correct : Nineteenth century readers looked to Hamlet for answers to the angst of their age; our present period would benefit from studying King Lear.

Capitalize the main words in titles like Hamlet and King Lear. Do not capitalize words like year, century, week, or other time units, unless they occur in a title.

2.
Original: Of the Seasons of the year, I love Fall best because it seems to promise new beginnings.
Correct : Of the seasons of the year, I love fall best because it seems to promise new beginnings.

Do not capitalize the names of seasons, unless the season is part of a title.

3.
Original: The teenagers piled into the old chevy and went for Pizza at Pizza Hut.
Correct : The teenagers piled into the old Chevy and went for pizza at Pizza Hut.

Do not capitalize the general names of products. The word pizza in Pizza Hut is part of a proper noun; the other pizza refers to a general name and is not capitalized. Capitalize brand names.

4.
Original: During the spring 2009 semester I took a course in Entomology.
Correct : During the Spring 2009 semester I took a course in entomology.

Do capitalize seasons if they are part of a title. "Spring 2009" is a title. Entomology is a common noun so it is not capitalized.

5.
Original: Television screenwriters tend to stereotype natives of Southern States as uneducated Bigots.
Correct : Television screenwriters tend to stereotype natives of southern states as uneducated bigots.

Do not capitalize directions or other general geographical words. Do not capitalize common nouns unless they appear at the beginning of a sentence or in a title.

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