Job and Office Titles Exercise (1)
Correct any capitalization errors in the following sentences.
Answers and Explanations
Original: Faith Hope is Executive Director at the Charity Foundation.
Correct : Faith Hope is executive director at the Charity Foundation.
When a job or office title follows the bearer’s name, it is almost invariably not capitalized.
Original: John Doe is the Roberta Roe Professor of Anthropology at Oxford.
Correct : John Doe is the Roberta Roe Professor of Anthropology at Oxford.
Titles for holders of endowed professorships are capitalized in all references; this sentence was originally correct.
Original: Former Vice President Al Gore is an author and an environmental activist.
Correct : Former vice president Al Gore is an author and an environmental activist.
When an adjective precedes a job or office title, the title is also treated as a description and is not capitalized.
Original: The evening’s highlight was a talk by Economist Adam Smith.
Correct : The evening’s highlight was a talk by economist Adam Smith.
Words that identify a person’s occupation or role but are not specific titles are not capitalized.
Original: The first lady will attend the event.
Correct : The First Lady will attend the event.
Honorifics (also including "Your Honor," "Her Royal Highness," and the like) should always be capitalized.