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Les majuscules

The usage of funding letters (les majuscules) is much less widespread in French than in English. Take a look at this summary of words that are capitalized in English yet not in French.*

I. Calendar Words

Days of the week and months of the year are not capitalized in French.

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Par exemple…

Nous allons partir lundi.We’re going to leave on Monday.
Le cours a commencé en septembre.The class began in September.

II. Geographical Names

Geographical words provided via correct names are not capitalized in French.

Il habite 3, rue Gambetta.He resides at 3 Gambetta Street.
Je veux me baigner dans l’océan Atlantique.I want to swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

III. Languages

In French, langueras are never before capitalized.**

Elle parle français, espagnol et grec.She speaks French, Spanish, and also Greek.
La grammaire arabe est impossible !Arabic grammar is impossible!

** See variable capitalization for the equivalent nationalities.

IV. Religions

Whether provided as nouns or adjectives, a lot of words concerned the names of religious beliefs are not capitalized in French (exceptions in bold).

le bouddhisme Buddhism
un Bouddhiste une Bouddhistea Buddhist
un holy place bouddhisteBuddhist temple
le christianismeChristianity
un chrétienune chrétiennea Christian
une église chrétienneChristian church
l’hindouismeHinduism
un Hindouune Hindouea Hindu
un holy place hindouHindu temple
l’IslamIslam
un musulmanune musulmanea Muslim
une mosquée musulmaneMuslim mosque
le judaïsmeJudaism
un juifune juivea Jew
un temple juifJewish temple

V. Subject Pronoun je / I

The first perkid singular topic pronoun is constantly capitalized in English. Not so in French.

Non, je n’ai pas d’argent.No, I don’t have any kind of money.
Je sais que je peux le faire.I know I deserve to perform it.

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 * Of course, once any of these words is at the start of a sentence, it is capitalized.

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