In general, when a piece of text, such as a title or a headline, contains initial caps, the following words should not be capitalized:

  • Articles (a, an, the)
  • Conjunctions (and, or, nor)
  • Prepositions of three letters or fewer (in, out, by, for, of, to, etc.)

Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are always capitalized, no matter how short. So are prepositions of four letters or more.
Of course, the first word in a title, headline or similar piece of text is always capitalized, no matter what part of speech it is, or its length.

  • An Evening With John Dau
  • Board Will Not Vote Until After Budget Is Finalized
  • Experts to Speak on Discrimination in the Workplace


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