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Chapter 34. Capitalization rules > Guidelines for capitalizing titles

Guidelines for capitalizing titles

Follow these guidelines for capitalizing titles:

  • When a title is used instead of a name, the title is capitalized: “Mr. Secretary, please listen.”

  • Capitalize all titles of rank, honor, or respect when they come before the name or word they define: “President Davis,” “Governor Spears,” “Doctor Brown,” and “Senator Rosewood.” However, if the title is used alone, do not capitalize it unless it is a high-ranking official: “Our marketing director is here.”

  • Capitalize “father” and “mother” when used to address a person directly: “Yes, Mother, I understand.” However, do not capitalize “father” and “mother” when they are used as possessive pronouns: “My father is at home.”


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