Writing Titles (Capital Letters with Title Case)
Writing Titles (Capital Letters with Title Case)Titles are most often written in uppercase or title case. Title case is a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters.
In title case, only the principal words are given capital letters. Prepositions (e.g.,in, on, under, at) and articles (i.e., the, a, an), and conjunctions (e.g., and, or, but) are written with lowercase letters (unless they start the title).
Common Title ConventionsThe two common conventions for titles are:
- INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
- THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
- BANK HOLIDAYS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Title Case Titles
- Interview with a Vampire
- The Last of the Mohicans
- Bank Holidays and National Holidays
When one of the non-principal words (i.e., a preposition, an article, or a conjunction) starts the title, it is given a capital letter. For example:
- And Then Came Love (The conjunction And has been given a capital letter because it starts the title.)
- The Last of the Summer Wine (The article The has been given a capital letter because it starts the title.)
- In the Name of the Father (The preposition In has been given a capital letter because it starts the title.)
Titles As AdjectivesA title in title case can be used as a compound adjective. For example:
- Did you get the Interview with a Vampire tickets?
|I love your Thomas the Tank Engine bag. [show me the title case adjective]|
Read more about compound adjectives.
Read more about alternatives to hyphens in compound adjectives.