Do you capitalize mom in my mom?
“Tom said his Bert is having”==not good. You should capitalize “mom” and “dad” when they're being used as proper nouns. The words mom and dad (also grandma and grandpa, et al), should be capitalized when they are used as a proper noun, in place of their given name.
Capitalize Mom and Dad as a Proper Noun. When you're referring to a specific person, you may be using the proper noun form. In this case, you would capitalize the words "mom" and "dad." If it makes sense, then it's a proper noun.
- Words for governmental or administrative units are only capitalized when they are used as part of a proper noun, such as the formal name of a city. Your first example is correct so long as you're referring to the City of New York, as the formal name for New York.
- The rule for capitalization of dog breeds is that if the breed is named after a place name or a person, the breed is capitalized. Thus: Great Pyrenees, German Shepherd, Maltese, Labrador, Chihuahua, Jack Russell, Saint Bernard, Doberman. The Poodle, on the other hand, is named after a puddle (Ger. pudel).
- Dog breeds are not capitalized unless the name is that of a geographic region: Pomeranian, “Labrador retriever,” “bull terrier”, “American pit bull terrier.” (Dalmatian is an exception; it's usually lowercase, but I would probably uppercase it when it appears with similar names normally capitalized.)
In other words, capitalize words such as “Mother,” “Father,” “Grandmother,” “Grandfather,” “Son,” “Daughter,” and “Sis” when they are used in place of the person's name. Do not capitalize them when they follow possessive pronouns such as her, his, my, our, your.
- If you are writing a note or letter to your mom or dad, is proper to capitalize them also. When they are used as a name, not an object. The words mom and dad (also grandma and grandpa, et al), should be capitalized when they are used as a proper noun, in place of their given name.
- When terms denoting family relationships are used as proper nouns (as names), they are capitalized. However, when the terms are used as common nouns (not as names), they're not capitalized. It's easy to get confused about whether you should capitalize family names in your writing.
- Explanation: Words like birthday, anniversary, reunion and gala are lowercase. If you describe an event with a proper name (Lizzy's Surprise 30th Birthday Bash), then it's uppercase. Also, Happy Birthday is capitalized if you write, “Happy Birthday, Zack!”
If I said, "I am going to lunch with Mum", it would need a capital letter, but "I am going to lunch with my mum" does not. We should capitalize these words if they are being used as the name of the person. You can capitalize these when referring to your own relatives: Hello, Mother.
- Capital letters are used at the beginning of the following kinds of words. 1. the names of days, months and public holidays. The names of seasons do not usually begin with capital letters.
- Months (January, February) and days of the week (Sunday, Monday) are also treated as proper nouns. Seasons and the numbers of the days of the months are not. Also, names of school subjects (math, algebra, geology, psychology) are not capitalized, with the exception of the names of languages (French, English).
- However, this proper noun is capitalized. You use them the same way in a sentence as a common noun, but it retains its capitalization whether or not it is at the beginning of a sentence. Proper nouns include the days of the week, the months of the year, towns, cities, streets, states, countries, and brands.
Updated: 2nd October 2019