Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog, let's discuss the difference between Capital vs. Capitol. Do you know when to use each one?
Capital vs. Capitol are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.
So, let's dive right in, shall we?
Capital with an "al" at the end has several meanings. It can be used when talking about uppercase letters or when referring to accumulated wealth. Capital also means the city that serves as the seat of a country's government or state's government.
* Austin is the capital of Texas.
* March is written with a capital M.
* How much capital did you invest?
Capitol with an "ol" at the end refers to the actual building in which the legislative body of a government meets.
* We went to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
* All capitol buildings are pretty.
* Not all capitol buildings look the same.
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