Earlier this week, someone ended up on my website searching for the phrase “Do you capitalize husband”. Although that’s not a frequent search phrase used by my website visitors, I thought it would make a good topic for this week’s blog post.

So, do you capitalize husband? Well, in short, no.

There are actually (pretty much) only 3 times to capitalize a word:

  1. Proper nouns (like Canada, Jane, and Saskatchewan)
  2. First word in a sentence
  3. Main words in a title

Husband isn’t a proper noun. Take the following sentence, for example:

Susan, I’d like to introduce my husband, George, to you.

In this sentence, George is the proper noun. Husband is simply a common noun.

Now, if husband was the first word in a sentence, of course it would be capitalized, like in this example:

Husbands should love their wives.

Finally, if husband is part of the title of a work, like a book or film, then it would be capitalized.

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So, if husband is the first word in a sentence or part of a title, then by all means capitalize it. Any other time, just leave it lowercase.

If you have a grammar question, email it to me at kim.siever@hotppper.ca, and I will answer it here.

About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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