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    article or no article?

    Which title is correct: A clone. Visual commentary on genetic engineering./ Clone. Visual commentary on genetic engineering.
    Is it true that we should not use articles in titles?

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    Re: article or no article?

    A clone sounds wrong; I would say something like "Clones" or "Cloning" to introduce the subject. Also, the second part of the title should be called "A visual commentary on genetic engineering." Finally, a title is never in two sentences, like you have written. I would probably write the title as, "Clones – a visual commentary on genetic engineering", or with the dash replaced by a colon (:).

    As for the English in your post, it is quite good, but one must end questions with a questions mark, no? Also, it would be better style to enclose your suggested titles in inverted commas ("") but perhaps by this point I am nitpicking.

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    Re: article or no article?

    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    Also, it would be better style to enclose your suggested titles in inverted commas ("") but perhaps by this point I am nitpicking.
    No, you're not. It's often quite difficult to tell when a poster's own words stop and an example or illustrative sentence begins, and vice versa.(Though this isn't the case here.)

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    #4

    Re: article or no article?

    Quote Originally Posted by anglofil View Post
    Which title is correct: A clone. Visual commentary on genetic engineering./ Clone. Visual commentary on genetic engineering.
    Is it true that we should not use articles in titles?
    Whether or not you use the article depends on the subject of your article/presentation. If the basis is a single clone, the article "a" would be appropriate. If the basis is more than one clone, you should use "Clones" or "Cloning".

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