A black cat

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Sid ember

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I have read phrases in the books that don't have a capital letter and not a full stop at tge end.They're like ' an old man' , ' a black cat' , ' a big house'.
I'm talking about the school books of elementary level.
Don't we need to put a capital letter and a full stop for a phrase?
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It depends what the phrase is doing. If it is merely a brief description of a simple picture, then "No". If it is a title, then "A Black Cat".

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    If these are books for very early learners of English, remember that:
    • lower-case letters are usually taught before capitals
    • punctuation is always taught after the alphabet.
    In a book for five-year-olds, I wouldn't be surprised to see

    this is a black cat

    But the novel for adults by Edgar Allen Poe would be The Black Cat.
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