Capital vs Capitol
What Is the Difference?
in the English
They are confusing because they are homophones
spelled almost exactly the same.
When do you use each one?
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These two words have completely different meanings. It is important
that you know their meanings so you can use them correctly in your
This is the more common of the two words. It is used more often than
the other spelling.
usually used as a noun. As a noun, capital
has three well-known meanings.
- Capital letter
- A city that serves as
a center of government
- Wealth in the form of
money or property
Let's look at some examples for each of these definitions.
Capital letter (A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z)
- Please capitalize
your first and last name. (Use a capital
letter to start each name.)
- In American schools, the capital
letter "A" means your work was at
least 90% correct.
- You must use a capital
letter at the beginning of every sentence.
- Should we use lower-case letters or capital
letters to write the title
of the book?
- Use capital
letters for proper
2. A city that serves as a center of government
Every state has its own
capital city. The United States also has a national capital city.
Wealth in the form of money or property
- Topeka is the capital
- Tallahassee is the capital of
- Austin is the capital
- Phoenix is the capital
- Santa Fe is the capital of
- Sacramento is the capital of
- Washington, D.C. is the capital of
the United States.
- Tokyo is the capital
- The business made large capital
gains this year.
- The business did not have enough capital to
buy the new building.
- The company increased their capital by
selling fifty percent of their stock.
- We used our capital
to hire five new employees this year.
also a noun.
refers to the actual capitol
buildings in Washington, D.C. and
in each state.
If you are writing about the United States Capitol
If you are writing about state capitol
buildings, you do not capitalize
If you are not writing about the actual capitol
probably want to write "capital."
- The United States Capitol
building is located in the capital
- State capitol
buildings are located in state capital
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