Capital letters: sun bear
The Grammar Bit!
Read the sentences opposite. You’ll notice that they each contain capital letters. Capital letters (also known as upper-case letters) are used for a number of reasons. Here are some of the main reasons:
- They follow a full-stop to show that a new sentence has started.
- They indicate proper nouns such as the names of people, places, days of the week and months.
- They are used for the pronoun ‘I’.
Now read the sentences again. Can you tell your talk partner why certain words need a capital letter (highlighted in bold) at the start?
1) Deep in the Borneo rainforest, a honey-loving sun bear was sniffing the air. All of a sudden, she heard the buzzing of bees.
2) It was the middle of August, and I still hadn’t seen the secretive sun bears of Southeast Asia. Sadly, it would soon be time to return to England.
3) The angry bees stung Sunny the sun bear repeatedly. Fortunately, Sunny didn’t seem too bothered by this.
4) A sun bear is only half the size of an American black bear. The Natural Curriculum website contains many great facts about this wonderful creature.
Did you know?
Despite their name, some sun bears are nocturnal. This means that they sleep during the day and forage for food at night, snacking on fruits, berries, roots, insects, small birds, lizards and rodents.