Situation: Student receives draft of Political Science paper back, complete with seemingly endless little red marks. The problem, improper recognition of people’s titles. Before turning in the final draft for a grade, see this post!
There are several rules to consider when capitalizing:
- Mail: Capitalize a title when it comes behind a name on the signature or address line.
- Government: Capitalize high-ranking official’s titles when used with their names or placed before the name.
- If the name is not used, don’t capitalize.
- General: Capitalize when addressing directly, even if no name is mentioned.
Using these simple rules, you can show Professor So-and-So that you know what’s what!
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