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Keyboarding/ formatting:

Keyboarding/ formatting Communication Skills #1

Capitalization:

Capitalization Capitalize the first word of a sentence The students are studying hard. Keyboarding takes lots of practice. Capitalize the first word of a direct quote (note that the quote is inside quotation marks) Mrs. Garrett claimed, “Keyboarding takes lots of practice.”

Capitalization:

Capitalization Capitalize proper nouns Lake Erie Jill Smith Rhodes State College Ohio President of the United States Do not capitalize common (generic) nouns a lake a girl a college a state a president

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Capitalization Derivatives (often ethnic references) Italian food Irish melody British slang American history Geographical names Lake Erie Mount Rushmore The Golden Gate Bridge

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Capitalization Personal or professional title when it appears before someone’s name Governor Kasich President Meek Officer Jones DO NOT capitalize when the title appears after the name John Kasich, governor of Ohio Jennifer Meek, president of the college

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Capitalization Date elements, holidays, periods of history, and historic events Friday, April 1, 2011 Veterans Day the Victorian period the Revolutionary War

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Capitalization Specific parts of the country the West Coast the South the Midwest DO NOT capitalize general compass directions drive west on Main Street We will head south for the winter.

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Capitalization Family relationships Uncle Jimmy Mother Dad DO NOT capitalize these words if a possessive pronoun precedes them her uncle my mother

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Capitalization Noun preceding a number except for when the noun is “page,” “paragraph,” “line,” “verse,” or “step.” Gate 55 Article 7A Interstate 75 NOT page 32 line 15 step 3

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Capitalization First and main words of side headings, titles of books, and works of art Memo with Distribution List Computers in the News Raiders of the Lost Ark DO NOT capitalize words with fewer than four letters in them, conjunctions, or prepositions

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Capitalization Specific (proper) names of organizations and departments within our own organization the Red Cross the Lima News The Ohio State University The Wall Street Journal our Payroll department

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Capitalization Salutations in letters Dear Mrs. Smith Ladies and Gentlemen First word of a complimentary closing Very truly yours With sincere interest

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