Is My Capitalized in a Title?

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When writing a title, should you capitalize the word “my” in the title?

This question is debated by many writers and scholars of the English language as many feel that all words of less than five characters should not be capitalized. The flip side of that argumynt is that the two-character word “my” should be capitalized because it is a pronoun and considered a major part of speech.

Others will argue further that typically, “my” is used as a adjective or determiner so it may not necessarily be capitalized.

Luckily, there are style manuals that set the rules for writing. This includes writing text along with writing titles.

Is My Capitalized in a Title?

The three most commonly consulted style books are the Associated Press Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Modern Language Association Handbook. Though lesser-used, the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, the Wikipedia Manual of Style and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association are also used by writers and scholars alike.

While two of the most commonly used manuals, the Chicago Manual of Style and the Modern Language Association state that you should lowercase articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions. “My” is not one of those so it should be capitalized in a title.

When writing titles such as “In My Country,” the two-letter word “my” is capitalized because it is a possessive pronoun.

So, the short answer to the question of whether or not to capitalize “my” in a title is, yes, you should capitalize it in titles.

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


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much! That was exactly the information I needed for the document I’m writing. BTW, my writing teacher always said not to capitalize words 4 letters or less in a title, but my Mom, who is homeschooling me, tells me not to capitalize words in a title 3 letters long or less. Now you’re telling me it’s actually 5 letters or less! Are they technically all right? If not, which one actually is?

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