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I've got quite a few questions about capitalizing words in titles. I don't know if it's proper to include many questions in one topic, but I couldn't find anything of the sort when I gave the rules a glance. I've been studying how words work in titles and I'd like to think I know most things, but there are a few cases that I can't wrap my head around, as I can't find any specific information on them myself.

EDIT: I've trimmed the amount of questions down from seven to three after checking out some suggestions. The suspected duplicate article helped me out a great bit, and the title case converter was a great help. However, I haven't found a straightforward explanation to any of these remaining questions:

  • Should the word "the" be capitalized after certain symbols, mainly the ampersand (&)? I haven't been able to find a clear answer to this, I've mostly left "the" without capitalization but for example, writing "KC & the Sunshine Band" looks a bit off to me, so I'm wondering if this is an exception case.

  • How do you capitalize words before and after commas? For example, if there was a title called "Come on, Let's Travel", should the "on" be capitalized in this case, or would it be considered the last word of a phrase? And in another case, there's a track with the title of "You, on the Dance Floor". Should the "on" be capitalized after a comma, or is it still left uncapitalized?

  • How do you capitalize hyphenated words? This has been an absolute mystery to me and I can't seem to find many rules on how to capitalize hypnehated words and I can't figure out how they work; sometimes it seems you need to capitalize both parts of the word and sometimes it isn't so.

marked as duplicate by curiousdannii, JJJ, aparente001, Mari-Lou A, Mitch Jul 12 at 14:37

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  • Personally, I have nothing against users asking two or three questions as long as they are related to the same topic.But asking seven is stretching it. – Mari-Lou A Jul 4 at 5:19
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    If you want to know the guidance of the main style guides, Title Case Converter is an excellent reference. – Jason Bassford Jul 4 at 6:23

This is my rule of thumb, but rules can vary depending on the style manual you look at. If it's an article, a conjunction, or a preposition, they are never capitalized. Both parts of a hyphenated word should be capitalized. Verbs are always capitalized. In the example regarding "Come On, Let's Travel", I would capitalize that because "on" is idiomatic and not acting as a preposition.

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