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When you send your manuscript to your editor, do you find they have changed 'Mom' to 'mom' in some places, but then changed 'mom' to 'Mom' in others? Do you seem to struggle with knowing when to capitalize and when to make it lowercase?
Well, let's get a little TIPSY TODAY and discuss the issue of Common Nouns vs Proper Nouns
Should you write Mom or mom — Dad or dad — Grandma or grandma?
Common nouns are not capitalized. Proper Nouns are capitalized.
Well, okay... maybe not so easy.
Let's look at it this way.
"I asked my dad for the keys to the car."
"I asked Dad for money to go to the mall."
(Both of the above sentences are correct.)
Now, here is a trick. Test your sentence by replacing the word 'Dad/dad' with his name.
"I asked my Mitch for the keys to the car." (Now, would I say it that way and call my dad 'my Mitch' — no. This sentence would be incorrect.)
"I asked Mitch for money to go to the mall." (Yes, this sentence is correct.)
I still wouldn't call my dad by his first name, but you get my drift, right? ;)
If you can replace the 'noun' (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa) with their name and the sentence is correct, you should capitalize because it is a Proper Noun. JUST as you would capitalize their name, you would capitalize 'Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa.'
If you use 'my, our, hers, or his' in front of the 'noun' for mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa, you would not capitalize. Why? Because it is a Common Noun.
Any questions? ;)
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