Question about capitalization


Is it correct to capitalize "Everyone" in the following example or should it be lower case?  And is there a rule to which I can refer in the MLA book or some other grammar book?




Hello Everyone,
Welcome to the class!  Please feel free to introduce yourselves.
Miss Jones


Thank you for your help! :)


Everyone asked Jul 01 '13 at 22:54 Laura Paugh New member

2 answers


I agree. This is an indefinite pronoun, so it can't really replace a proper noun because it is non-specific. However, when the vocative (direct address) can replace a proper noun,then capitals should be used. For example: Hello, Dad. In this case 'dad' replaces a name (Ahmad, for example).

link comment answered Jul 02 '13 at 01:17 Ahmad Barnard Expert

Good question, Laura. My first thought was that if should be capitalized as a proper noun of address. I did some searching and found a similar sentence where the noun of address wasn't capitalized, however.


3. Listen carefully to the instructions, boys and girls


Using this example, I would have to say that it shouldn't be capitalize. You do need a comma after 'Hello', though.


Hello, everyone,

link comment answered Jul 01 '13 at 23:22 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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