Is President Capitalized?

The word President often confuses people when it comes to capitalization. Is it president or President? When do you capitalize it?

The word “president” is a proper noun or a common noun depending on the context in which it is used, so the capitalization rules vary.

If President is used to refer to a specific person with a title, then it is capitalized such as:

  • President Donald Trump
  • President Barack Obama

If used as a common noun, then the word president is lowercased such as in the following sentences:

  • The president will announce his candidacy this morning.
  • George Washington was the first president.

According to English capitalization rules, proper nouns are always capitalized. Therefore, when referring to a person with the title President, always capitalize the word.

 

What about presidential? Should presidential be capitalized?

Presidential is not a proper noun naturally, so it should be lowercased unless used in an official event title such as the “50th Presidential Inauguration.”

To learn more about proper title capitalization rules, give our free title capitalization tool a try.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What if you are referring to the current president specifically? As in, saying “the president” to refer to the president who is in office now>

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