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Capitalization: Should the Name of a Person Be Capitalized?

Should the Name of a Person Be Capitalized? 

YES!

Examples:  Mary Jones is a new student in my class.

                    The job for Johnny Brown is no longer available.

                     My principal’s name is Christine Anderson. 

                    Uncle John loves to visit us but, my other uncle does not.

                    I asked Mother if I could go, and she said, “Yes,” but her mother kept her                       home.

                    When I was young, I visited Governor Brown at the State capitol, but

                    have not visited another governor.

What about a person’s title?  Should it be capitalized also?   When used in connection with a person’s name, it should be, but when used alone in  a sentence, do not capitalize it.

Examples:    I saw President Barack Obama in Washington yesterday.

                      Becoming president is a great honor.

                      Mayor Coleman Young has many buildings with his name on it.

                      A mayor is considered the leader of a city.

                      That woman is Queen Elizabeth, the only queen I have seen.

                      The man seated in the first row is Chairman Bob Jones, I have not

                       been introduced to the chairman seated in the second row.

Capitalize very high-ranking government officials’ titles even when not followed by a name or used in direct address when a specific individual is referred to.

Examples:    The Secretary of State just entered the room.

                      The President has two daughters.

Always capitalize the first word of a sentence.

Examples:   Please give me the ball.

                     I like apples, but he prefers oranges.

                     The water is cold, but the food is hot.

                     Once upon a time, three blind mice ran across the floor.

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