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English alphabet and characters

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English grammar rules

There is no grammatical gender in English, and so the nouns are not marked for it.

The natural gender occurs in animate nous: masculine or feminine.

There are two numbers: singular and plural.

There is one case: genetive (marked by ‘s).

English has definite (the) and indefinite (a/an) articles.

English formatting rules

First day of the weekMonday
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatdd/MM/yyyy
e.g. 23/08/2016
Long date formatdd MMMM yyyy
d MMMM yyyy
e.g. 23 August 2016

English capitalisation usage

  • People’s names and titles.
  • Days of week/months.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities, mountains, hills, etc.).
  • Headings/titles and column/row headings should start with a capital letter unless a proper noun is featured.
  • Product names follow the source capitalisation.
  • Names of the buildings, monuments, tunnels and bridges.
  • Titles of organisations, institutions, directorates, units, sections, office holders, committees, delegations, etc.
  • Periods, events, festivals, seasons.

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