รดรด

Should I Capitalize "First Amendment"?

Grammar Girl answers a reader question. (Hint: "First Amendment" is a proper noun)

By
Mignon Fogarty,

 

Patrick C. asked:

"When discussing a specific amendment, does it gain proper noun status? For instance, is it the Fourteenth Amendment or the fourteenth amendment?"

Both the Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook say to capitalize names such as "First Amendment" and "Fourteenth Amendment."

The names of all acts, bills, laws, and amendments are capitalized:

  • My dad just signed up for Social Security.

  • I carry a copy of the Bill of Rights.

  • How does the North American Free Trade Agreement work?

Buy Now

Related Articles

Capitalizing Proper Nouns
Understanding Capitalization
When Should I Capitalize "Constitution"?

Get more tips like this in The Grammar Devotional:

Print: Amazon, Barnes & NoblePowell’s

E-book: Amazon KindleBarnes & Noble NookApple iBook

 

The Quick and Dirty Tips Privacy Notice has been updated to explain how we use cookies, which you accept by continuing to use this website. To withdraw your consent, see Your Choices.