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"A" or "a"

Updated: Jul 20, 2019

i Am noT sure wHat to DO.

Let's talk about capitalization.



The purpose of this post is not to be an exhaustive list of rules showing one how and when to use capitalization, but it is to give you a brief understanding and perhaps appreciation for this aspect of English.


Q. What is the purpose of capitalization?

Q. 大文字はいつどのように使うべきか?


Capital letters are used to begin a sentence.


When writing, English utilizes capital letters to show to denote the continuation or beginning of a new thought or idea.


I love being outdoors when the weather is pleasant. Personally, I enjoy walking and gardening.
My friend was happy with her grades. I was devastated when I saw my own.


Capital letters are used when writing a proper noun.


Proper nouns are nouns that name people and specific places. They can be very helpful if clarity is needed. Below are two examples that I hope illustrate this point.


Jenna and I came to Japan as exchange students. We will be in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa for the next three months.
I saw a girl named Apple near an apple barrel eat an apple in Apple Barrel.

For this last example the girl's name is Apple, she is near an object called an apple barrel, eating an apple in a restaurant called Apple Barrel.

2番目の例では、Apple の名前の女性が apple barrel と呼ばれる置物の近くに立っていて、apple (りんご)を Apple Barrel と呼ばれるレストランで食べています。


Q. What happens if I write with too many capital letters?

Q. 大文字を使いすぎたらどうなりますか?

The overuse of capital letters does have its uses, but they are very limited.


Writing in all caps (capital letters) can come off as being either loud, demanding, frightened, scared, or some other strong emotion and perhaps all of them at the same time.


There are a few more things to be aware of, but that's a topic for another day.

Perhaps next Wednesday?




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