Bloggers and other writers may experience confusion as to which words should be capitalized in a title of an article. I sometimes capitalize all words so that I do not have to look up the rules. But it is good form to learn how to write correctly. The following rules apply to capitalizing titles:
- Always capitalize the first as last words of the title as well as verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns and pronouns.
- Consistently capitalize or do not capitalize conjunctions (examples: but, for, and) or prepositions (examples: words that show a relationship between the noun/pronounce with another word – example: from, over, around, about, before, behind) with five or more letters. Older rules required no capitalization and newer rules require capitalization if words contain five letters or more. Exception: If the word is the last word or the first word in a title, then it should be capitalized.
- Do not capitalize articles (example: a, an, the), prepositions (see examples above), conjunctions (see examples above) with four letters or fewer, and the particle “to” used with an infinitive (example: to do; to be). Exception: If the word is the last word or the first word in a title, then it should be capitalized.
Never have your title all in CAPITALIZED LETTERS because this is not only incorrect, it is considered yelling.
2 thoughts on “Words to Capitalize in a Title”
Thanks for the tips!
I frequently write specific words in all-caps, for a comically dramatic emphasis.
That’s what I love about blogging, it’s a looser form of writing and it’s okay to mess up now and again. (For me anyway.)
I think going for drama is OK. I’ve done that. Also . . . I make all kinds of mistakes (sometimes on purpose). I agree that blogging is more loose. I think there are those that want to know the rules though so I hope this helps. Thanks for the response. 🙂