Linguistic Terms

Capital Letter

Capital Letter?

The Capital letter is the letter that in relation to the lower case has a larger size and also, generally, different shape . For example, A (uppercase) to (lowercase).

An Capital letter , known simply as an uppercase , is one that differs from the lower case because it is larger and sometimes different in shape. The use of the capital letter is determined by certain spelling and style rules .

In addition to these basic rules regarding the use of capital letters, we must record these equally important and significant others:
• They are used for acronyms. Examples of this are NASA, FBI, AIDS…
• The names of certain geographical areas, such as the names of states, autonomous communities, regions, districts or neighborhoods, for example, are written in capital letters.
• It should be noted that certain words are also written entirely in capital letters in judicial and legislative documents of some importance. This is done because it is necessary to highlight in a remarkable way what is the action indicated by those within those roles. A clear example of this is to find in capitals, sentences or edicts capitalized verbs like “EXPONE”.
• Although there are many doubts about it and controversy, grammar rules indicate that in the case of Spanish, capital letters are always accentuated following the same rules that exist for lowercase letters. In this case, it must be said that only capital letters that work as acronyms do not carry tilde.
• The signs of the Zodiac, divinities, trademarks and gods or names of historical eras also bear in capital letters their initial letter.

 1-Use of the Capital Letter

Surely you have doubts about when to occupy uppercase. Well, now we give you a series of indications that will help you quickly understand its use.

  • Capital letter is used at the beginning of a writing.
  • After point and followed, point and apart.
  • When we write proper names and the names given to animals.
  • The geographical names
  • The Divine attributes (Holy, Redeemer, Monsignor, Pastor, etc.)
  • The nicknames.
  • The titles of works: “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.”
  • The titles of dignities and authorities (Secretary, Sales Manager, etc.)
  • Roman numerals
  • The names of institutions.
  • The names of the sciences: Biology, Psychology, etc.
  • Generally, after two points.

2- Use of Lowercase

It is written in lowercase, unless they start writing, etc. (considering the above):

  • The days of the week
  • The months of the year (dates can be capitalized)
  • The seasons of the year
  • The cardinal points (unless these are abbreviated)

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