Getting the correct title capitalisation is something many people struggle with. Once you’re finished with school/college/university and are not really thinking about subordinate conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, prepositions, etc, it’s very easy to forget the rules. Yet getting the correct title capitalisation is fundamental to achieving perfect grammar and spelling.
People have become so busy these days that things like spelling, grammar, and correct title capitalisation have kind of gone out the window. We rely so heavily on spelling and grammar checkers, that we forget to actually read and take in what we’ve actually written. I too have often fallen prey to the sending an email, posting a comment, or adding a web page with errors bug, and it’s not always easy to correct these, particularly in the case of emails. Even some of the biggest online and print publications overlook mistakes, of which most do not really impact the outcome of the message. However it can display a lack of attention to detail, which does not always reflect well.
What Are the Rules?
The rules are fairly straight forward if you can remember what category a word falls into. According to the definition contained in The Chicago Manual of Style, they are as follows:
- Capitalize the first and the last word.
- Capitalize nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinate conjunctions.
- Lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
- Lowercase the “to” in an infinitive (I want to play guitar).
Web App to Correct Title Capitalisation
Follow the link below to head over to a very simple web app that will automatically correct title capitalisation for you with a simple copy and paste.
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