Quiz: Can You Capitalize These Sentences Correctly?
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Can You Capitalize These Sentences Correctly?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

The Roman alphabet you see on this page has been with us for a couple of thousand years at this point. It's vastly superior to systems that came before, which were mostly hieroglyphic and thus did not offer letters or combinations of letters that convey a phoneme - that is, a sound within speech. The Roman alphabet uses 26 letters in its current iteration, plus 26 capital versions of each letter, and by combining them in different ways, we can put across any thought or idea that humans are capable of having.

This alphabet is not quite as clear as the phonetic alphabet, where the phonemes are locked to the symbols. For example, the "ou" in bough and through come out differently. However, it is clearer in that it offers capital letters. These are markers that signify when a word is at the start of a sentence when it is a proper noun - that is, a place name, a person's name, etc. - when it is a title, and so on. They can also be used to suggest shouting or volume, and even for comical effect. English is less free with their use than German, but it does have a few places it absolutely insists on them. Do you know when they should appear? Let's find out!

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What is the correct capitalization in the sentence "london bridge is falling down"?
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How might you fix this: "i'm going to the party"?
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What's wrong here: "i spoke to mary"?
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Can you correct this one: "he likes going to new york"?
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Where are the capitals in this sentence: "in hartford, hereford, and hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen"?
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Where are the capitals in: "god said that he would smite them"?
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How would you capitalize: "would you like some squash soup"?
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Where do you need capitals in: "it's a long way to tipperary"?
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Can you capitalize: "i read the novel frankenstein"?
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Where are the capitals in this: "i flew from berlin to majorca with my friend bella"?
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What's missing here: "don't rain on my parade"?
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Can you capitalize: "hush! here comes a whizz-bang"?
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How would you rewrite: "bob's your uncle"?
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Can you capitalize: "i shall meet you in st. louis"?
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What's amiss here: "that's not jane's cat"?
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How would you correctly write: "as happy as larry"?
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When you're surprised on paper, how would you spell: "great scott!"?
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Do you still need a capital letter when you're saying something is "for pete's sake"?
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Where are the capitals in this saying: "thank heavens to betsy"?
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Where do you need a second capital letter in this: "I went to matins to pray"?
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