Should the *the* be used with Honorable? and Is the "t" capitalized in "the Honorable"?


I remember some rule that tied using the with Honorable in the Honorable.

Is there a rule about using the with the abbreviated form of Honorable?

Should the the be used with Honorable?


Posted 2014-10-06T19:07:42.500

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Could you add some examples so we can understand the usage you are looking for? The word "Honorable" by itself is not enough. – user3169 – 2014-10-06T20:24:39.327

If you're referring to the title (prefix) then you will still need to narrow it down to which use of that prefix you are asking about. – JMB – 2014-10-06T21:23:13.923

Honorable and Hon, like Reverend, are not always preceded by the, at least in the US. I don't know if there are rules or conventions about it. "On this the 16th day of May, 1983, comes the State of Alabama by its District Attorney, Honorable Michael L. Murphy, also comes the defendant, Donald Lee Silver . . . ." – Jim Reynolds – 2015-03-06T00:45:16.990

At least somewhere, sometimes, a the with honorifics signifies rank-related meaning: '..."Your Highness" and "Your Royal Highness"; between "Princess Margaret" and "The Princess Margaret". All of these are correct, but apply to people of subtly different rank.'

– Jim Reynolds – 2015-03-06T00:51:25.200



In the United States, one source says, the is always used with Honorable.

The Honorable (name) is the correct form of address.

This source also says the is not capitalized unless it is the first word in a line or sentence.


Posted 2014-10-06T19:07:42.500

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