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What to Capitalize in a Title

Currin Berdine | AdminSecret

This article will help you never forget what words are capitalized in a title.

I love being an admin, but technicalities when it comes to writing and words were never my thing. After winning my 2nd grade spelling bee, it all went downhill from there. Unfortunately, overlooking seemingly trivial details doesn’t cut it for a top admin. You must be able to catch each and every error and write impeccably.

My worst grammar flaw was remembering which words in titles to capitalize. So to help myself and all of you out there experiencing the same difficulties, I made this cheat sheet for us so that once and for all we know exactly what you should capitalize in the title of documents, article and subject lines.

ALWAYS CAPITALIZE:

1) The first and last word of the title itself

2) Words with these functions:

-Nouns
-Pronouns
-Verbs
-Adjectives
-Adverbs

3) Words that are five letters or more, regardless of their function. This rule is meant to specifically address conjunctions and prepositions. Twenty or so years ago, writers did not capitalize any conjunctions or prepositions. Today, it is accepted and expected to capitalize the larger words.

Examples of prepositions include: Among, About, Between, Within, etc.
Examples of conjunctions/subordinating conjunctions: Although, Because, Until, Where, While, etc.

NEVER CAPITALIZE (unless they are the first or last word):

1) Prepositions and conjunctions of four letters or fewer

Examples of prepositions: at, by, down, for, from, in, into, like, near, of, off, on, onto, onto, over, past, to, upon, with
Examples of conjunctions: and, but, or, yet, for, nor, so, as, if, once, than, that, till, when

2) The particle “to” used as an infinitive (meaning with a verb)

Examples: to Read, to Write, to See, etc.

3) Articles (a, an, the)


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    compsciguy

    14 days ago

    2 comments

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    over 2 years ago

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    BwKoro60

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to download this help, How do I do it?

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    agreen5588

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Thank you for the tips.

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    ckesselring

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Can you give more examples of "first" and "last" words. not sure i understand that one so much.

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    BowlingMari

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    This is a nice little cheat sheet to use as a reference in the office. I just printed a copy, so that I'll have it when I start a new Administrative Assistant postion.

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    nichollsd

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Thanks for your tips and tools. Ignore the unprofessional responses.

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    farida

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    hi this is great i help me too for my day to day work please keep on giving tips on moden vecablaries

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    rose

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    yes , everyone should read it

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    Head_Admin

    almost 7 years ago

    254 comments

    Great article!! Good tips!

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    Pattyannr

    about 6 years ago

    52 comments

    I was always taught 4 letters and up use initial caps and always capitalize the first word, but this is old style as I was taught this in the 70s. And as your article points out, this has exceptions. Even though it is not 100% accurate, it certainly does help me in my day-to-day work.

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    Jill

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    Everyone should read this- great info!

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