Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grammar Lesson 2 - 9-19-13

Aim:  Grammar - NOUN

Noun - person, place, thing, idea, or activity

Common noun - general, generic - not capitalized
e.g. high school, school, college, teacher, mother, father, ice cream

Proper noun - specific, particular, capitalized
e.g.  Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts and Performing Arts
*  Major/important words must be capitalized
*  Write full titles (e.g. for colleges, write Yale University instead of Yale)
- Teachers:
*  Don't address the authority by their first name.  The first time you introduce them, you may say "Dr. Barbara Rowes", and after that you can address the teacher as "Dr. Rowes".

Extra note:  Only use mother and father because mom, mommy, dad, daddy, are informal. ("guys" and "kids" --> also informal)

Question:  Is civil rights movement capitalized?
Answer: It is not capitalized, but it may change over time.

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- Organizations - American Red Cross
- Institutions - Department of Education, University of Mexico
- Stores - Armani Exchange
- Companies - Apple, Inc.


Do not use periods when abbreviating organizational names and capitalize all letters. (e.g. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Correct: UCLA         Incorrect: U.C.L.A, u.c.l.a, ucla

Historical events:  Periods of time (e.g. The Middle Ages), documents (e.g. Declaration of Independence) are capitalized.

Capitalize: B.C., A.D, B.C.E., C.E., A.M., P.M. and include periods between letters and after last letter.
Correct:  B.C.          Incorrect: BC, B.C, b.c., bc, b.c

Capitalize ALL months, days of the week, and holidays.

Do not capitalize seasons.

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