Do You Capitalize Our in a Title?

Capitalization rules can be tricky since depending on the type of word (noun, verb, adjective, preposition) determines whether it is capitalized when following certain style guides. In the instance of some words like “our,” which could be considered to be a very important word or not, depending on who you ask, what is the rule there?

So, Do You Capitalize “Our” in a Title?

The University of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (AKA the Purdue OWL) provides some context on the subject of capitalization of titles, “the major words in the titles of books, articles, and songs (but not short prepositions or the articles the, a, or an if they are not the first word of the title).

For those of you who have been out of school for too long and forgot what a preposition is, a preposition is word that is used “to show a relationship in space or time or logical relationship between two or more people, places or things” (Cambridge Dictionary) There are in fact over 100 prepositions in the English language. Some notable prepositions include: about, above, by, for, in, out, until, and with among numerous others.

The word “our” is not a preposition neither is it an article, meaning that under the understood laws of capitalization and titles in the English language, you should, in fact, capitalize the word our in a title.

To learn more about proper title capitalization rules, give our free title capitalization tool a try.


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