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Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

(OP)
I'm writing a title that contains the phrase "drop-in" as in, "Drop-In Replacement". Do I write the "in" in lowercase (Drop-in) because "in" is a preposition, or capitalize it because I'm using it as a part of "Drop-In", which is not a prepositional phrase?

RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

Yes. winky smile

Do you have a style guide? If so, follow it. If not, how do likely suppliers write it?

I think you could use either, but when you pick one be consistent. Personally I'd go with Drop-In, but that's just me.

RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

You do get to choose in title case, but most style guides will require a lowercase i. Mine does. It treats the hyphenated word as a single word unless there are proper names involved.

Best to you,

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RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

(OP)
Thanks. There's no preferred style guide here, so I'm going to rely on the sniff test. I think in this case I'm going to go with the capital, because lowercase just looks weird.

RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

As-is pursuant to normal conversation, or your company manual, I'd use upper-case in the title. Then that leaves the question of using it in the body also... Hmmm...
It's a Friday, and we had a two-beer (Two-Beer?) lunch, so anything I say may not be used against me, or as a very good guideline (guide-line?) Guide-Line...
Here's a guide for often-hyphenated words, and non-too-common uses and often-wrongly-used uss of hyphenization...
[link http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/art...]http:


(They were two "talls")cheers

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RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

Capitalize "In", because in this case "In" is used as an adjective describing what kine of replacement, not a preposition. "Drop" is it's adverb.

RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

my co-worker an I were just discussing this today.
We are both Technical Writers.
And, the various style guides are all over the map.
So, it really does boil down to house and industry preferences.
You can then pick a style guide that agrees with you.
cheers
jay

Jay Maechtlen
http://www.laserpubs.com/techcomm

RE: Title Capitalization with Adjective Phrases

I'd offer advice, but for technical writing I'm a ne'er-do-well.

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