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When to Capitalize Kinship Names
Friday October 28th 2016

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In the sentence "My grandma says hi" should grandma be capitalized?  —  Ella , United States
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You do not need to capitalize the word grandma in the sentence “My grandma says hi” because it is being used to describe the person you are talking about, not as a replacement for her name. However, if you use the word grandma as if it were a name, or in place of the name of the person, it should be capitalized. This is true for all kinship names, which are words like brother, sister, father, mom, grandma, cousin, and aunt.

 

If the kinship name is being used to describe the person you are talking about, with or without that person’s name, do not capitalize it. Uses like this usually come after a pronoun such as my, his, her, our, or their. The following sentences show this.

  • My mom is in the next room.
  • Have you seen her brother today?
  • We always appreciate gifts from our grandfather.
  • Their cousin lives just down the road from them.
  • We walked to the store with our aunt Cindy.
  • His uncle Richard was in the hospital last week.

 

If the kinship name is being used in place of the person’s name, and is being used like a proper noun, or it is being used as part of their name, it should be capitalized. The following sentences show this.

  • You should call Mom when you get home.
  • We waited impatiently for Grandma to arrive.
  • Hi, Cousin. How have you been?
  • I love spending the holidays with Aunt Iris.
  • He is on the phone with Grandpa Smith.

 

Sometimes a kinship name is used as a general term to describe anyone of that relation, and not someone specific. These should not be capitalized. The following sentences show this.

  • That child needs a mother.
  • She wishes she had a sister.
  • Older brothers can be very protective.

 

Just remember: if a kinship name is being use as someone’s name, or nickname, capitalize it. Otherwise, do not capitalize it.

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no such thing.


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nope, but if you just said "grandpa" as if thats what you call him, then it has a capital G.

another example;
"Her mum"
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"Mum"

no such thing.

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  • Jim

    No, you do not capitalize it. Just think about it, what if I said
    "Your mother" or "His father"

    For examples, just look in any book. The noun followed by the pronoun is not capitalized. Only the names of institutions, organizations, states, countries are capitalized. For example, the word "public library" is not capitalized, but when it is named by a proper noun, such as the name of a town, it becomes capitalized:

    New York City Public Library

    The word "agency" is not capitalized by itself, but is if it is followed by an organization:

    Agency for International Development (AID)

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  • wow_bill

    Sheesh, its not that complicated, everyone.

    Theres a very simple way to figure out when to capitalize or not capitalize terms like mother, father, mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather, etc. Replace the term in the sentence with your own name. If the sentence makes sense when you use your own name, then you CAPITALIZE. If the sentence does NOT make sense when you use your own name, you do DOT capitalize. In your example, would it make sense to say – HIS KAYLA? No. So, you do NOT capitalize.

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  • lifechris

    Yes, because you are using it as a name (which makes it a proper noun). If you are calling someone by a title as though it were a name, you capitalize it. If you are using it as a regular noun, usually with "the," "my," "a," or something like that in front of it, then it is not capitalized.
    Source(s):
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/GRAMMAR/c…

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  • Brayden's Mom

    No…. because your kinda describing him. Only capitalize the word it thats what you call him.
    Example:
    Me and Grandpa (bc thats his name to you)… went to the store.
    Me and my grandpa went to the store…

    Hope that makes sense

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  • *~STEVIE~* *~B~*

    No you`re not using it as a proper noun.
    When there is a modifier, such as a possessive pronoun in front of such a word, we do not capitalize it.

    *~STEVIE~* *~B~*
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  • lostinsidemyself

    Yes its like a name and it should be capitalized.

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  • systems analyst

    Yes it should be capitalized? good luck?

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  • Brenda

    Yes, it should be capitalized.

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  • ♥ChocolateDrop♥

    Yes, because its being used as a Pronoun. The name of someone,

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no such thing.


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nope, but if you just said "grandpa" as if thats what you call him, then it has a capital G.

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no such thing.

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  • Jim

    No, you do not capitalize it. Just think about it, what if I said
    "Your mother" or "His father"

    For examples, just look in any book. The noun followed by the pronoun is not capitalized. Only the names of institutions, organizations, states, countries are capitalized. For example, the word "public library" is not capitalized, but when it is named by a proper noun, such as the name of a town, it becomes capitalized:

    New York City Public Library

    The word "agency" is not capitalized by itself, but is if it is followed by an organization:

    Agency for International Development (AID)

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    Sheesh, its not that complicated, everyone.

    Theres a very simple way to figure out when to capitalize or not capitalize terms like mother, father, mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather, etc. Replace the term in the sentence with your own name. If the sentence makes sense when you use your own name, then you CAPITALIZE. If the sentence does NOT make sense when you use your own name, you do DOT capitalize. In your example, would it make sense to say – HIS KAYLA? No. So, you do NOT capitalize.

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  • lifechris

    Yes, because you are using it as a name (which makes it a proper noun). If you are calling someone by a title as though it were a name, you capitalize it. If you are using it as a regular noun, usually with "the," "my," "a," or something like that in front of it, then it is not capitalized.
    Source(s):
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  • Brayden&#39;s Mom

    No…. because your kinda describing him. Only capitalize the word it thats what you call him.
    Example:
    Me and Grandpa (bc thats his name to you)… went to the store.
    Me and my grandpa went to the store…

    Hope that makes sense

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  • *~STEVIE~* *~B~*

    No you`re not using it as a proper noun.
    When there is a modifier, such as a possessive pronoun in front of such a word, we do not capitalize it.

    *~STEVIE~* *~B~*
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    Yes its like a name and it should be capitalized.

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    Yes it should be capitalized? good luck?

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    Yes, it should be capitalized.

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    Yes, because its being used as a Pronoun. The name of someone,

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