Is Uncle Capitalized?

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The word “uncle” can be capitalized depending on how it is used in a sentence or title. When used generically in a sentence such as: “my uncle said to visit her,” then the word “uncle” is lowercase because it is a generic noun.

Correct: The other day I went shopping with my uncle.

However, when referring to an uncle by name such as “Uncle Jim,” then the word uncle is capitalized because it is a part of the name so it becomes a proper noun. This is also true when asking a question of your uncle.

Correct: My Uncle Jim is the best.
Correct: Can I go to the movies, Uncle?

 

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