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C apitalization: Ranks, Titles, and Family Relations
 
Lesson 5-43
Prompt:A rank or title is usually capitalized, including noun of address, when it is joined to a name or when it stands for a specific person: "Superintendent Smith, King William, Coach Jones." Some high offices are uniformly capitalized without being joined to a name: "President of the United States, Queen of England, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, Secretary of State." Family relations (usually prior generations) should be capitalized only when they are part of the name or when used in direct address: "Mother Teresa, Grandfather Miller, Uncle Sam."
Directions:The sentences below either show errors in capitalization or are correct as shown. Click to select the word or words you feel should be correctly capitalized but are not capitalized, or select "(correct as is)" at the end of each sentence.
1.Remember, mother, I will be late getting home from school. (correct as is)
2.Our platoon is ready for inspection, captain. (correct as is)
3.We met senator Harvey, representative Sanchez, and ambassador Braun. (correct as is)
4.While visiting the White House, we met president Ford. (correct as is)
5.The president of the United States will hold a press conference this evening. (correct as is)
6.Attending will be captain Koch, major Simmons, colonel Hackla, and general Garcia. (correct as is)
7.Two lieutenants and a captain were reprimanded by colonel Vera. (correct as is)
8.My sister Sally and my brother Bill along with grandfather Smith will be visiting next month. (correct as is)
9.Did you hear that coach Hanson will retire next year? (correct as is)
10.Can you give me the name of the chief justice of the United States? (correct as is)
11.All our students know that congress is composed of the senate and the house of representatives. (correct as is)
12.Attending the meeting will be senator Smith. (correct as is)
13.Speaking at the meeting were mayor Roberson and councilman Harris. (correct as is)
14.This case will be taken all the way to the supreme court. (correct as is)
15.You must admit, general, that the war brought many surprises. (correct as is)
16.The first person to hold the title president of the United States in congress was John Hanson who served under the Articles of Confederation, our first constitution. (correct as is)
17.History has told us very little about president Hanson. (correct as is)
18.The meeting included prime minister Blair and president Bush. (correct as is)
19.The head of the Political Science Department is professor Shirley Gunther. (correct as is)
20.Will you be coming for dinner, uncle Marvin? (correct as is)