Capitalization in dialogue


Do you capitalize titles when they're used in dialogue? For example, "When giving an order, Commander, you're expected to comply."


The same question regarding groups. For example, spoken over the radio, "Did you know, Command, that he was on leave?" 


Also, when referencing a person by their title. For example, "I saw the Captain and he agrees." 


Is the capitalization of Commander, Command and Captain correct?  Thank you. 

asked Oct 10 '13 at 21:42 Gene Chill New member

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The rules for capitalizing proper nouns do not change when placed in dialogue.  When you call a person (or a group) by his (or their) name, it is a proper noun and is capitalized.  When you refer to someone as the captain, it is not being used as a name and is not a proper noun. 


Your usage of Commander and Command are both proper nouns.  To make the captain a proper noun, remove the article (the) and use whatever name the character has.  I saw Captain Smith, and he agrees.  (Note you also missed the comma in that sentence.)

link comment answered Oct 11 '13 at 00:04 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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