I know being the head of a country is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean a president always deserves a capital letter. This grammatical rule trips up many of us. A formal title is only capitalized if it is used in direct connection to that person’s name.
“The president of our country is Barack Obama.”
“The head of our country is President Barack Obama.”
Do you see the difference? Think about it this way – would you capitalize the word “doctor” in the middle of a sentence if his or her name didn’t follow? That would just look goofy.
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