Taken from "Master The Basics Italian, 2nd Edition,
Rules of Capitalization in Italian
As in English, capital letters are used that the
beginning of a sentence and with proper nouns.
Proper nouns are the names of given to people
are places. Proper nouns are ALWAYS capitalized.
**The following are NOT capitalized:
a. The pronoun “io”/I (Unless it is the first
word of a sentence.)
Ex. Vado anche io. I’m going too.
b. Titles (usually)
Ex. il professor Sala Professor Sala
la dottoressa Patelli Dr. Martini
c. Adjectives and nouns referring to languages,
speakers of a language, inhabitants of an area and
Ex. E’ una italiana She is an Italian.
L’italiano e’ una bella lingua The Italian
language is beautiful.
Ci sono tanti americani in quella citta’.
There many Americans in that city.
d. Names of the seasons, months of the year,
and the days of the week.
Ex. la primavera spring
e. Signore, signora and signorina (except in their
abbreviated forms : Sig., Sign.ra, and Sig.na; which
are used mainly in letter writing.
f. Common nouns (unless they are at the beginning
of a sentence.)
**However, there is a tendency now to imitate the
English practice of capitalizing such nouns.
Classification of Nouns:
Proper Nouns: Giovanni, Cassatella
Count: libro, penna book, pen
Noncount: acqua, zucchero water, sugar
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