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Is there a set rule to capitalizing certain words in any given title (such as a book)? For example:

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

In that title, one doesn’t capitalize ‘the’ or ‘and’ (not counting the first). Which words should you NOT capitalize in a title? I once asked my English teacher, and she told me to capitalize the “little” words. o__o Can someone clarify that for me...?

For instance, a song:

“Here With You”

Would ‘with’ be capitalized or not? I consider that to be a relatively ‘small’ word...

  • July 19, 2005
  • Posted by rin
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I'm sure we've discussed this before. If a word is a preposition, it is not capitalized, e.g. Here with You. A preposition is usually a small word that prefaces a noun and locates it spatially, temporally or logically, e.g. of, to, in, on, out, with, over etc.

dave July 20, 2005, 9:02am

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Unless the preposition is at the beginning or the end of the title. Then, of course, it is capitalized. Even though you are not supposed to begin or end sentences with prepositions.

Satan August 4, 2005, 4:35pm

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I don't know why, but song titles capitalize differently from book titles.

Song titles capitalize everything:
"My House By The Sea"

Book titles don't capitalize small words that don't convey the idea of the title:
"My House by the Sea"
i.e. articles, prepositions, anything not a subject, verb, object, adjective, etc.

Maybe it was too much for the music business to handle....

tamouzrocks August 23, 2005, 9:20am

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Why do movie titles always capitalize? For instance a movie would be titled, "Here With You".

webmsater September 23, 2005, 5:59pm

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I've heard that if a presposition is 7 letters or longer, you should capitalize it.

Imagine these book titles:

"The House alongside Lake Michigan"
"The Cave underneath Mount Shasta"

Looks strange, doesn't it?

Chris February 17, 2006, 11:42pm

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Capitalization in Eglish Courses

coolladypat September 26, 2006, 2:31pm

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