Capital vs Capitol - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

In this video, we explain the difference between the usage of "capital" and "capitol". These two terms are often confused due to their similar spelling and pronunciation. The word ?capital? is used to refer to a capital letter, a city that serves as a center of government and also wealth in the form of money or property. A good example sentence would be: In American schools, the capital letter "A" means your work was at least 90% correct. This sentence uses 'capital' to refer to a capitalized letter, 'A' in this case. Tokyo is the capital of Japan. In this example, capital refers to the capital city of Japan. The business did not have enough capital to buy the new building. Here, capital means money or wealth. "Capitol" spelled with an ?o? on the other hand refers to the actual capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. and in each US state. We can therefore say: The United States Capitol building is located in Washington, D.C.


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Being in the United States, I have heard and worked with students preparing to take TOEFL. I did not realize that Britain had so many other test options. This was a good overview to be aware of what certain schools and businesses might expect from applicants. Overall, this lesson seemed to expect that teachers will use the assessments provided by the course book and did not focus on how to write an effective assessment. That would be useful for new teachers to make sure that the assessments they create are providing valid information.