Capitalization of "aunt" when preceded by a pronoun

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Is the title "aunt" capitalized or lowercase when it is preceded by a pronoun and followed by a name?

Example:

 

My aunt Denise said to go east on Main St.

 

or

 

My Aunt Denise said to go east on Main St.

 

Also, if a title is followed by a name and preceded by a name, is it capitalized?

 

Example;

 

Lexi's Uncle Fred took her fishing.

or

Lexi's uncle Fred took her fishing.

 

Lexi's Grandma baked her a cake.

or

Lexi's grandma baked her a cake.

 

I look forward to your answer.

 

Thank you,

 

Janet Gutierrez

janetsusan49@gmail.com

 

asked Mar 10 '11 at 18:58 Janet Gutierrez New member

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Janet,

 

Any time a name follows a family term the family term and the name are captialised. When there is no name following the term, do not capitalise the family term, even if a possessive pronoun (names included) precedes it. See the correct examples below:

My aunt loves drawing.

Kim's aunt loves drawing.

My Aunt Diana loves drawing.

Kim's Aunt Diana loves drawing.

Grandpa Petersen fought in the Korean War.

My grandpa fought in the Korean War.

Kim's grandpa fought in the Korean War.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Kim

link comment answered Mar 11 '11 at 19:46 Kimberly Expert

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