Capitalization Writing Tips

We’ve begun the multi-week process of culling articles and members who previously promoted term papers and essays for college students and along the way, we identified quite a few expert authors who wrote about the essay writing process (a good thing compared to those who were assisting college students to cheat).

EzineArticles Expert Author Keith Adams (has a PHD in English Literature) was one example and his website (in partnership with Patrick Saintsburry, PhD in Humanities) offered a few excellent articles that I thought you could benefit from:

Obviously we accept the fact that non-American expert authors are going to differ on a few of the American English rules that we follow, but at least this gives our non-American expert authors a chance to see how we perceive the way the world should be. In most cases, we see no problems with ESL (English Second Language) authors in terms of CaPiTaLiZaTiOn issues, but rather they often struggle with proper punctuation including forgetting the space after any punctuation.


Shan Ferguson writes:

I have heard that English is one of the hardest languages to learn or at least that is what my goofy English Teacher used to say,at any rate I do not think that continuous use of capitol letters is a very good idea.Yes it may make it stand out or whatever but if you ask me it makes the author seem pushy,proper grammer is a different matter entirely.Not everyone has the basic skills required for this task.

Comment provided June 1, 2007 at 8:56 AM



I have the deepest respect for anyone who communicates in a second language, and encourage them in every way I can. English is not the simplest of languages to master! It is characterized by confounding use of prepositions and derivative spellings that require suspension of all logic! I offer that when we read with our heart, the intended meanings always shine through whatever grammatical and spelling obstacles we encounter.
Linda Carol Berry

Comment provided June 1, 2007 at 3:39 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

I have decided to change the Capitalization rules for the English Language and allow Capitalization to also be used in case of showing Emphasis. I do this because it works and it works Well too. So, this is my contribution to writing. It is time to make that change. I hope you all Like It!

Comment provided June 2, 2007 at 3:07 AM



I feel more comfortable using caps for every first letter of a word especially in a title. Looks more formal and gives it a standardized look.

Another challenge after capitalization is spelling the American way. E.g.
centre = center
organisation = organization
diarrheoa = diarrhea


Comment provided June 4, 2007 at 1:15 AM


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