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    Capitalization

    Are possessives capitalized in titles/headings? For example, "We Offer Our Services Throughout France."

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    Re: Capitalization

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Are possessives capitalized in titles/headings? For example, "We Offer Our Services Throughout France."

    Thanks!
    This is a matter of style. You have to choose one and be consistent. Or check the style guide you are currently using.

    Possible styles are:

    i) Capitalize the first letter of every word from the title, as:
    "We Offer Our Services Throughout France."

    ii) Capitalize the first letter of prepositions over three letters long and every noun, verb, pronoun, adjective and subordinate conjunction.
    "We Offer Our Services Throughout France."

    And there are many other possibilities of title styles.
    Last edited by Abstract Idea; 26-Sep-2010 at 17:14.

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    Re: Capitalization

    I completely agree that it's a matter of style - but your header doesn't read like a header.

    "Services throughout France"
    "Serving You throughout France"
    etc.

    Yours is a sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I completely agree that it's a matter of style - but your header doesn't read like a header.

    "Services throughout France"
    "Serving You throughout France"
    etc.

    Yours is a sentence.
    Why do you have "throughout" in lowercase? I thought prepositions longer than five letters were always capitalized.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Capitalization

    According to ONE style guide, you do that.

    Other style guides see no logic in capitalizing "Throughout" but not "in" since they are the same part of speech. I follow those guides. Imagine if the guide said "Capitalize pronouns longer than two letters" -- you'd have he and it, but She and Him.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    According to ONE style guide, you do that.

    Other style guides see no logic in capitalizing "Throughout" but not "in" since they are the same part of speech. I follow those guides. Imagine if the guide said "Capitalize pronouns longer than two letters" -- you'd have he and it, but She and Him.
    Just so you know, Bryan Garner says that one should capitalize prepositions longer than five letters.

    Anyway, thank you for your feedback.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Who is Bryan Garner?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Who is Bryan Garner?
    Very funny.

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    Re: Capitalization

    I missed the joke. Who is Bryan Garner?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Capitalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I missed the joke. Who is Bryan Garner?
    Oh, no one special, only like the leading authority on the English language.

    Bryan A. Garner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I know you're just pretending not to have heard of him.

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