- Days of the week: Sunday, Monday
- Months: September, October
- Special days and holidays: Memorial Day, Valentine's Day
- Special and historical events: Civil War, Battle of the Bulge, Ravalli County Fair, Eighteenth Centruy, Medieval Period, Age of Reason
- Highways and byways: streets, roads, highways
- Places to go: village, town, city, region, countries
* Regions: the West, the Southwest, the Middle East
Note: Do not capitalize north, south, east and west when used only to show direction.
Example: We vacationed in eastern Montana.
- Islands: Hawaiian Islands
- Bodies of water: Red Sea, Deer Creek, Gulf of Mexico
- Mountains: Rocky Mountains, Mount Baldy
- Other geographical features: Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Angel Falls, Lambert Glacier
- Parks: Lassen National Park, Yellowstone National Park
Names with Titles - and Titles of books, magazines
- Proper names: Capitalize all names which refer to an individual whether it is a nickname, first name or surname: Happy, Tom, Smith.
Also, capitalize the names of ships, plains, trains or proper named "things".
- Title for people: Capitalize all title which precede the person's name: Mr. Jones, Reverend Hansen, Dr. Thomas, Uncle Harry
- Special regard: Capitalize any title showing special regard when used in place of the person' name: Mom, Dad, Doctor, BJ, Grumpy
Note: Do no capitalize mother and father when they are preceded by personal pronouns: my mother, our doctor, your uncle.
- Degrees or rank: Capitalize titles, such as degrees or rank, following the person's name: Ph.d., MD., DDS., Jr.
- High government officials: Capitalize the following titles of high government officials regardless of where they are of State: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senator, Ambassador
- Titles of books, magazines, paintings, movies etc.: Capitalize the first and last and all other words - EXCEPT: conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or), article adjectives (a, an, the), prepositions (four letters or less: at, by, in, like, of, off, with, etc.)
Proper nouns and adjectives:
- Business, organizations & institutions: St. Patrick's Hospital, Allstate Insurance
Note: When capitalizing a business product, only capitalize the brand name and not the product name such as Crest toothpaste, Durall cement, Eddie's bread.
- Nationalities: American, Spanish, English
Note: Language classes are always capitalized according to this rule, BUT other courses, such as history, biology, physical education, etc., are not capitalized unless they are the official course titles: World Geography, United States History
- Races: American Indian, Caucasian, Asian
- Religions: Methodist, Catholic, Taoism, Christian, Buddhism, Muslim
Note: Capitalize God only when it refers to the Christian God; also capitalize all nouns and personal pronouns when they refer to God.
- First word in sentence: He was late as usual.
- First word in quotation: He said, "You should join us."
- First word in each subdivision in outline.
- Salutation and closing in letter: Dear Sir, Yours truly.
Note: Notice only the first word in the closing is capitalized.
- Capitalize the pronoun I and the letter o when it is used as an interjection or address.
Comma Rules are provided by Mr. Archer, a high school, English teacher at Florence-Carlton school.