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    Capitals in titles

    Hi, is there any rule of starting all words in titles, e.g., of books, articles, sections, etc., with a capital letter? It's easy to notice that some journals provide titles with such a rule, and others not. So, is it just a free decision?

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    Re: Capitals in titles

    The rule -- which is not always obeyed -- is to use a capital letter for every word, except for words which have a grammatical function. And, of course, you must capitalise the first word.

    Here are some examples of book and movie titles:

    Pride and Prejudice ("and" has a grammatical function)
    The Colour of Magic ("of" has a grammatical function -- get the idea?)
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Shaun of the Dead
    The Curse of the Wererabbit
    An American Werewolf in London

    Note the capitalisation in this title -- it's a children's book:

    Five Children and It

    "It" is a pronoun, and normally has a grammatical function. In this case, however, "It" refers to a strange creature that grants the children one wish per day, and has a central role in the book. So in just this one case, because "It" is so important to the story, "It" is capitalised.

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    Re: Capitals in titles

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss
    The rule -- which is not always obeyed -- is to use a capital letter for every word, except for words which have a grammatical function. And, of course, you must capitalise the first word.
    Here are some examples of book and movie titles:
    Pride and Prejudice ("and" has a grammatical function)
    The Colour of Magic ("of" has a grammatical function -- get the idea?)
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Shaun of the Dead
    The Curse of the Wererabbit
    An American Werewolf in London
    Note the capitalisation in this title -- it's a children's book:
    Five Children and It
    "It" is a pronoun, and normally has a grammatical function. In this case, however, "It" refers to a strange creature that grants the children one wish per day, and has a central role in the book. So in just this one case, because "It" is so important to the story, "It" is capitalised.
    When do we capitalize 'the', aside from when it's the first word in the title?

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