capitalizing when addressing someone in writing.

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  1. kookoo88 profile image61
    kookoo88posted 7 years ago

    I am trying to figure out how much I should capitalize when someone is talking to another person.  Here are my samples:

    “Hello, my darling Liselle,” he said to her with a happy smile.

    Should it be
    "Hello, My Darling Liselle"
    "Hello, my Darling Liselle"
    "Hello, My darling Liselle"
    "Hello, my darling Liselle"

    The next one is:

    “I don’t know how, my Beautiful Flower."

    Should it be:
    “I don’t know how, My Beautiful Flower."
    “I don’t know how, my Beautiful Flower."
    “I don’t know how, my beautiful Flower."
    “I don’t know how, My Beautiful Flower."

    The next one is:

    “I would too, Vevin Dearest,” Liselle responded seriously.

    Should it be:

    “I would too, Vevin Dearest,” Liselle responded seriously.
    “I would too, Vevin dearest,” Liselle responded seriously.

  2. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    You don't need to capitalize the adjectives. You were right the fist time wink

    1. "Hello, my darling Liselle"

    The options on the second one are all wrong:

    2. “I don’t know how, my beautiful flower." Is the correct approach. Remember that when it comes to nouns, only proper nounsneed to be capped (places, names and things). For more info check:

    http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000045.htm

    3. “I would too, Vevin dearest,” Liselle responded seriously.

    1. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Unless you're taking poetic license.  But be careful.  You don't want to confuse your reader.

  3. kookoo88 profile image61
    kookoo88posted 7 years ago

    Thank you both very much.  I keep looking up grammar/capitalization rules and it's starting to muddle my brain.  wink  I did try to drive while using my poetic license once, but I ended up in the ditch, so I leave that at home now. wink

    I know you're supposed to capitalize a title when it takes the place of a name, like: "Hello, Doctor."  But I mistakingly thought it applied to names of affection too.  I will go through and correct those instances.  *long drawn out whine*

    *wanders off to make corrections*

  4. kookoo88 profile image61
    kookoo88posted 7 years ago

    One more question on this subject:  There is another race that addresses the characters using "human" as a sort of surname.  Like this:

    “It was a delight to meet you, Liselle Human."

    in this instance, do I capitalize human even though it normally wouldn't be?

    1. rebekahELLE profile image85
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think here, it's your call. wink

    2. thooghun profile image82
      thooghunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that would make sense for instance:

      An extraterrestrial greeting a human:

      "Greetings Liselle, Human."

      Because the term human is a proper noun (a title) from the alien's point of view wink

      1. rebekahELLE profile image85
        rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        excellent call, I tried to think of how it could work, the comma does it.

        some good grammar advice for all of us.

        welcome kookoo. enjoy writing here. smile

      2. kookoo88 profile image61
        kookoo88posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        On this, I believe the comma needs to be at: "Greetings, Liselle Human"

        For this reason:
        "Use commas to set off the name or title of a person being spoken to directly.

        Examples:
        For further information, Mr. Lombardo, please contact our regional office in Duluth.
        Vicky, do you have a copy of the company’s most recent annual report?
        I very much appreciate your many helpful suggestions, Professor."

        Reference page: http://www.wvup.edu/jcc/pam/commas.htm

        1. thooghun profile image82
          thooghunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Additional titles and references are usually suspended by a comma (in this make believe case, I'm sugesting that the word human is a "title" to the alien):

          Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second (Liselle), by the Grace of God (human), of Great Britain (writer), Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen (socializer), Defender of the Faith (hubber)

          If you wanted to be creative you could use a dash like Iain M Banks does in his sci-fi novels

          "Greetings, Liselle-Human"

          big_smile

          P.S: If you wrote "Greetings, Liselle Human" without the comma, people would think it was a surname and not a title.

          1. kookoo88 profile image61
            kookoo88posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I like the dash!  I'm going with that. big_smile

            Awesome.  Thank you again. smile

  5. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    You better socialize than capitalize wink

    1. WryLilt profile image90
      WryLiltposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Just make sure you marx it correctly. tongue

      (You get full marx for that joke!)

  6. kookoo88 profile image61
    kookoo88posted 7 years ago

    Excellent.  Thank you very much. smile  I'll keep it capitalized. 

    I really appreciate the help. smile

 
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