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

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

Is Good Morning Capitalized?

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

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

Examples of Using Good Morning

“Good Morning, Mr. Kim!” said Jack when he arrived at work. It was indeed a good morning and Jack got to work right away by opening a new email and typing the following:

Good Morning,
Please find attached the report you were asking for.
-Jack

In the paragraph above, all three examples of the phrase “good morning” were used. When Jack first walks into the office, he greets his boss with a salutation so “good morning” 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” morning as a salutation so it is capitalized.

Is Morning Capitalized?

The word “morning” 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 “Morning was when it all began”.

Is Good Morning One Word?

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

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

When Do You Say Good Morning?

You should say good morning only before noon. Until 11:59 am you should say “good morning.” After that, you should say “good afternoon.”

Do You Use a Comma After “Good Morning”?

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

Good Morning,
Please find attached the report you were asking for.

-Jack

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 “morning”. For example:

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

Or for a generic salutation you can write:

Good morning, everyone,
I hope you are doing well.
-Jack

A list of some common salutations are:

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

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

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

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 morning all,
We’re getting lunch at 5 noon at the steakhouse.
-Bob

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