7 common English mistakes made by Swedes with capital letters
The rules for the use of capital letters in English (Swedish: Versaler) differ quite significantly from the rules in Swedish. We’ve put together a list of the most important areas you should watch out for. These also happen to be some of the most common basic mistakes made by Swedes in English. A date on a CV or application letter where the month is spelt without a capital letter, for example, looks strikingly wrong to an English speaker. This also gets your application off to a bad beginning if business level English is required, even if your English level is very good.
Capital letters should always be used for the following in English
Example: I have a new resolution every January.
2. Days of the week
Example: Jane has dance lessons on Mondays.
Example: John speaks Swedish and English.
Example: We are all Swedish citizens.
Example: The students studying politics will spend one term at Stockholm University followed by a week at the Houses of Parliament.
6. Titles of books and films
Note: All large words in the titles of movies, books, and other publications should be capitalized, while all small words (a, an, the, but, and, if, as, or, nor, to name a few) should not be capitalized unless they are the first or last words in the title.
Example: My favourite books are Pride and Prejudice and War of the Worlds.
7. Words related to people
Example: People who like Shakespeare can be called Shakespearean fans and those who follow the teachings of Buddha are Buddhists and believe in Buddhism.
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