PSLE English

Should you use capital or capitol?

Notes from the video ‘Diffusion Academy| PSLE English Grammar |Capital Vs. Capitol‘ :

What are the differences between capital and capitol?

With only one letter apart, capital and capitol are easily confused.

But they have different meanings.

This is what we call a pair of homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.

This is what makes it difficult to tell the words apart.


So, when do we use capital?

Capital could be used as a noun or an adjective.

As a noun, capital can mean:
– A city that serves as a centre of government or
– Accumulated wealth


As an adjective, capital can mean:
principal or
something that involves financial assets or
something that is punishable by death

Here are some examples of how you can use capital in a sentence:
– London is the financial capital of the world.
– Capital punishment is also known as the death penalty.

When do we use capitol?

Capitol is a noun that means a building which the legislative body of government meet.

Here’s an example of how you can use capitol in a sentence:

– Hundreds gather at the state capitol to protest the policy.


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