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Is "Like" Capitalized in a Title?

I Find Your Lack of Capitalisation Disturbing

Is like capitalized in a title? The answer depends on the grammatical purpose for the word “like” in the title. When like is used as a preposition or a conjunction in a title it is not capitalized. For one, it is less than five letters. That rule applies to any prepositions, such as “at”, “by”, “of” and “on”; and conjunctions, such as “and”, “nor”, “than” and “but”; that are four letters or less.

However, is the word “like” capitalized in a title when it is used as an adjective or adverb? Yes. In this case, the word “like” is capitalized. This is also true for any prepositions that are used as an adjective or adverb. It can even be used as a noun, as it is used in the title for this article. That is why “like” is capitalized in the title of this article.

Example titles

  1. The Dove: A Sign of Peace

In this title, the word “of” is a preposition. It is not capitalized because it is less than four letters

  1. The Differences and Similarities Between President Obama and President Bush

In this example, you have the two instances of “and” that are not capitalized. That is because “and” is a conjunction that does not need to be capitalized. However, “between” is a preposition that does need to be capitalized because it is more than four letters.

Punctuation Marks

Punctuation - Let

Whether or not to capitalize words in a title is just one aspect of writing that you need to pay attention to as a college student and/or as a writer. You also need to make sure to use punctuations marks such as parentheses, colons and dashes correctly.

  1. Parentheses

According to the Punctuation guide, “Parentheses (always used in pairs) allow a write to provide additional information” (http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/parentheses.html). Whatever is inside the parentheses must stand apart from the surrounding sentence.

  1. Colons

For grammatical purposes, a colon does the following:

  1. Introduces a list

  2. Separates “two independent clauses when the second explains or illustrates the first” (http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/colon.html).

  3. Emphasizes “a phrase or single word at the end of a sentence” (http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/colon.html).

  1. Dashes

The two types of dashes are En Dash and Em Dash

  1. En Dash

This is used for a span or rang of numbers; score reporting, show conflict or connection and in compound adjectives.

  1. Em Dash

This can replace a comma “to enhance readability” (http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/em-dash.html). It can replace parentheses so that attention is drawn to the parenthetical content. “The em dash can be used in place of a colon when you want to emphasize the conclusion of your sentence. The dash is less formal than the colon” (http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/em-dash.html).

Style Guides

Do you know which style guide is required by your professor to use for your particular class? The style guide determines how you cite sources in a paper as well as how you format the paper. The two common style guides used in college classes are as follows:

  1. MLA (Modern Language Association)

  2. APA (American Psychological Association)

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