Is Good Afternoon Capitalized? Do You Need to Add a Comma?

Greeting someone in the afternoon with a “Good Afternoon” is a great way to sound friendly and caring. But knowing whether and when the phrase is capitalized is challenging.

Is Good Afternoon Capitalized?

Generally, the phrase “good afternoon” is not capitalized when used in a sentence.

However, the phrase “good afternoon” is capitalized in an email when it is used as a salutation at the beginning of an email. Email salutations (Dear, Hi, Hello, etc.) are capitalized anyways, and “good afternoon” is no exception. The same would apply for “good morning.”

Examples of Capitalizing Good Afternoon

“Good Afternoon, Mr. Kim!” said Jack when he got back from lunch. It was indeed a good afternoon and Jack got back to work right away by opening a new email and typing the following:

Good Afternoon,
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In the paragraph above, all three examples of the phrase “good afternoon” were used. When Jack first walks back into the office, he greets his boss with a salutation so “good afternoon” is capitalized. In the next sentence, the phrase is used generically in a sentence so it is not capitalized. Finally, in the email, Jack once again uses “good afternoon” as a salutation so it is capitalized.

Is Afternoon Capitalized?

The word “afternoon” by itself is not capitalized in a sentence. It should only be capitalized in a title or as the first word in a sentence such as “Afternoon was when it all began”.

Is Good Afternoon One Word?

The phrase “good afternoon” should be two words. The same is true for “good morning”, “good evening”, and “good night”.

The confusion generally arises because the word “goodbye” is one word.

What Time Do You Say Good Afternoon?

The time to say good afternoon only after noon. Until 11:59 am you should say “good morning.”

Do You Use a Comma After “Good Afternoon”?

If you writing an email or letter and not using a salutation, you should use a comma right after saying “good afternoon.” For example:

Good Afternoon,
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If you are including a salutation in a formal email or formal letter, then you will add a comma before and after the salutation. In this case, you will also lowercase “afternoon”. For example:

Good afternoon, Jim,
I hope you are doing well.-Jack

Or for a generic salutation you can write:

Good afternoon, everyone,
I hope you are doing well.

A list of some common salutations are:

  • Good afternoon, name,
  • Good afternoon, all,
  • Good afternoon, everyone,
  • Good afternoon, ladies,
  • Good afternoon, gentlemen,
  • Good afternoon, team,

The same applies even if the sentence ends after the salutation. In this case, you can say “Good afternoon, Jim.” or “Good afternoon, everyone.”

If you include another salutation beforehand, include a comma between that salutation and “good afternoon.” For example, “Hello, good afternoon.”

Adding a comma before the salutation is considered formal and does not need to be included in an informal email. The following is perfectly acceptable in friendly communications:

Good afternoon all,
We’re getting dinner at 5 o’clock at the steakhouse.

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  1. Thsnk you! Your explanation how and when to use the words was well easy to comprehend. Your exsmple sentemces gave me good grasp on when to or not to capatalize he words in a sentence and as greeting. I wjll continue to use this site as a resource when I need clarification to further gain knowledge of something in the English Language.


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