FTCE : Standard Punctuation and Capitalization

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for FTCE

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Example Questions

Example Question #2 : English Language Skills

Capital letters should be used _______________.

Possible Answers:

in a non-standard spelling; all capitalization rules are idiomatic

only to begin sentences

only for proper nouns

for proper nouns and to begin sentences

Correct answer:

for proper nouns and to begin sentences


This is a  very basic question interrogating the test-taker's knowledge of the rules of capitalization. While the rules of capitalization (not to mention spelling and punctuation) remained unstandardized for the vast majority of the history of the English language, at this point the rules are mostly set. Proper nouns (names, whether of people or things) always require capitalization, as do the words beginning any sentence.

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