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After they had their supper, Father went into the living-room to watch TV.

Why use Father not father?

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    Because it's the "nickname" the narrator uses for his father, and hence a "proper noun". – Hot Licks Mar 20 at 12:05
  • This is actually quite an interesting question. Using Father as a proper noun like this is somewhat old-fashioned (or very posh), which is perhaps why it’s capitalised. Much more common alternatives like dad(dy), pa, papa, pops, etc., would be almost never be capitalised, but an uncapitalised father in this context would seem unusual. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 20 at 12:19
  • Searching for this sentence only brings up multiple pages with the same Chinese translation exercise. In none of those pages is "Father" capitalised. So the capitalisation could be an error in one transcription. – user323578 Mar 20 at 12:40

"Father", in this case, is being used as a proper noun. For this reason, it being capitalized is correct.

If the author had written "my father" or "the father", "father" would not be capitalized as it wouldn't be a proper noun in those cases, it would be a common noun.

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