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