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Capitalization Rules for Writers – Part 2
Civil, military, religious, academic, government, and professional titles are capitalized when they immediately precede a personal name and are thus part of the name. Titles are lowercased when following a name or used in place of a name. Examples:
President Washington; the president General Patton; the general
Cardinal Richelieu; the cardinal Professor Jones; the professor
Governor Johnson; the governor John Kerry, senator from Massachusetts
In promotional or ceremonial contexts (such as a list of donors or corporate officers), titles are capitalized even when following a name. Example:
Cristina Lopez, Manager of International Sales
A title used in place of a personal name is capitalized in such contexts as a toast or formal introduction, or when used in direct address. Examples:
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister.
But Captain, that man’s a stowaway.
Hello, Mr. President.
What’s the prognosis, Doctor?
Terms of Respect
Honorific titles should be capitalized. But general terms of respect are not. Examples:
my lord, my lady
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