Capitals 1

Video (from Youtube): Capitalisation in Grammar by Mometrix Academy: (new tab). (Watching time: 2m:36secs)

This video contains really short quick overview of the main rules for using capitals. They appear in a different order from our lessons, but they cover similar material to the information we have in all our capitalisation lessons.

Instructions: Hover or tap the questions below to see the reason for the answers given in the quiz.

1. Does this sentence use its capitals correctly?
The New Zealand Government's new Food Bill sets out to replace outdated legislation, primarily the 1981 Food Act.

Why: It contains a specific named organisation (NZ Govt), a specific policy (Food Bill), and a snippet of legislation (1981 Food Act). They all require capitals.

2. Write this sentence correctly.
albert einstein worked in a university in bonn, before taking a permanent position at the university of zurich.

Albert Einstein worked in a university in Bonn, before taking a permanent position at the University of Zurich
Why: Albert - person's name [proper noun] (and the start of the sentence) | Einstein - also a proper noun | university in Bonn - general unspecific university in the city of Bonn | University of Zurich - specific name of a university

3. Which of these require capitals?
Days of the week, months of the year | beginning of new sentences | names of seasons | people's names, geographical locations

Days and months | beginning of sentences | people's names and geographical locations
Why: Mount Taranaki, as a named mountain would always take a capital | Monday, Tuesday etc, January, February etc, days of week/months of year take capitals | Gobi Desert - specific named location needs a capital. But spring, summer etc, seasons of the year do not.

4. Select which of these require a capital, and those which do not.
world war 1 | kawhia kai festival | paul | dance party | united nations | auckland pride parade | australians | cup of tea

World War 1 | Kawhia Kai Festival | Paul | United Nations | Auckland Pride Parade | Australians
dance party | cup of tea
Why: dance party and cup of tea are the only items on the list that are used in a broad sense and are not referring to a specific person, event or organisation.