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Capitalize your parents?

#writetip Should you capitalize parents? Proofreading is an endless task and here’s a mistake that’s easy to make.

Should you capitalize mom? (or dad, mother, father, aunt, uncle, you get the gist)

This short example shows you when you do and when you don’t.

“I don’t want to go, Mom. Really I don’t,” Ian said.

“You must,” Ian’s mom said.

Ian hesitated but obeyed his mom.

If you’re using mom as the name, then capitalize. If not, then don’t. Pretty easy, except when proofreading, one tiny letter is hard to see. I do a search for each mom, mother, dad, etc. and check to see if I’ve used them right.

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3 responses »

  1. Great reminder. That’s a mistake I make often I’m afraid.

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  2. I thought I had this all figured out, when I came upon Sheriff Jones, and the sheriff checked her driver’s license, and Doctor Meyers, and the doctor wrote the prescription. ;)

    All this stuff I never thought about until I tried to get everything perfect!

    I tagged you on my blog today. (My other blog, long story…http://www.ascenicroute.wordpress.com) Stop on by if you want to play!

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