Grammar Titles: What It Is and How To Use It

Do you know what grammar titles are? This article will provide you with all of the information you need on titles, including its definition, usage, example sentences, and more!

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What is the grammar of titles?

According to Grammar Monster, different style handbooks like the Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook, MLA Style book, AP Style, Chicago Style, and more have different rules for title grammar. 

Overall, there are different types of punctuation to use depending on the type of work. Short stories, short works, songs, journals and poems use quotes/quotation marks, while novels are italicized or use underlining. Prepositions and conjunctions should be in lowercase unless they are the first word or last word. 

Title case and title capitalization vary for a larger work with numerous episodes like an anthology versus a smaller work like short book titles. Albums, ballets, works of art, movie titles, radio programs, sculptures, photographs, operas, and classical music compositions television series, plays, titles of movies & films, books of the Bible and video games all use italics or underlining. The title of a book also has specifics about punctuation marks versus the title of an article. Grammar rules dictate that the first letter of certain words should be uppercase versus lowercase, like proper nouns or the first word of the title.

Many different languages also contain words that mean title. You may notice that some of these translations of title look and sound similar to one another. These are called cognates, which are words and phrases in different languages that likely have the same root or language of origin, causing them to sound the same. The below list of translations of title is provided by Word Sense

  •  Catalan: títol‎ (masc.)
  •  Italian: titolo‎ (masc.)
  •  Czech: název‎ (masc.)
  •  Swedish: titel‎
  •  Latin: titulus‎, nomen‎
  •  Arabic: عُنْوَان‎ (masc.)
  •  Persian: عنوان‎ (‘enovân), تیتر‎ (titr)
  •  Hungarian: cím‎
  •  Malay: tajuk‎
  •  Japanese: 標題‎ (ひょうだい, hyōdai), タイトル‎ (taitoru)
  •  German: Titel‎ (masc.)
  •  Romanian: titlu‎ (neut.)
  •  Macedonian: наслов‎ (masc.)
  •  Scottish Gaelic: tiotal‎ (masc.)
  •  Galician: título‎ (masc.)
  •  Portuguese: título‎ (masc.)
  •  Mandarin: 標題‎, 标题‎ (biāotí), 書名‎, 书名‎ (shūmíng)
  •  Zulu: ibizo
  •  French: titre‎ (masc.)
  •  Georgian: სახელწოდება‎
  •  Bokmål: tittel‎ (masc.)
  •  Korean: 칭호‎, 표제‎, 제목‎
  •  Lower Sorbian: napis‎ (masc.)
  •  Asturian: títulu‎ (masc.)
  •  Nynorsk: tittel‎ (masc.)
  •  Finnish: nimi‎, nimike‎
  •  Khmer: ឈ្មោះ‎ (cmʊəh)
  •  Greek: τίτλος‎ (masc.)
  •  Polish: tytuł‎ (masc.)
  •  Spanish: título‎ (masc.)
  •  Swahili: mada‎
  •  Russian: назва́ние‎ (neut.), загла́вие‎ (neut.)
  •  Dutch: titel‎ (masc.)
  •  Hebrew: כותר‎ (kotār)

What are examples of titles?

Numbers can be used in many different contexts in the English language. Trying to use a word or grammatical technique in a sentence is one of the best ways to memorize what it is, but you can also try making flashcards or quizzes that test your knowledge. Try using this term of the day in a sentence today! Below are a couple of examples of numbers that can help get you started incorporating this tool into your everyday use.  Take a look at these number examples from Grammar Monster and Your Dictionary and see how many you can identify the number in!

  •  One Year in Paris
  •  In the Name of the Father
  •  Anti-inflammatory Dieting
  •  Of Mice and Men
  •  The Last of the Mohicans
  •  Jerry can’t afford it: He’s broke
  •  How to Land Your Dream Job
  •  Useful Mobile Phone Apps
  •  War and Peace
  •  The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year
  •  I know who you are: You are my friend
  •  Bed-and-Breakfast Options in Savannah
  •  I love your Thomas the Tank Engine bag.
  •  The Light Between Oceans
  •  Salad Dressing Recipes
  •  The Last of the Summer Wine
  •  Forty-Ninth Street Blues
  •  Franny and Zooey
  •  Little House on the Prairie 
  •  How to Back Up a Computer
  •  The award was won by the Last of the Mohicans director, Michael Mann.
  •  Tender Is the Night 
  •  Pre-existing Conditions
  •  The Sun Also Rises 
  •  Through the Looking Glass
  •  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  •  The Poky Little Puppy 
  •  Feminine Poetry: Ten Women Writers from Around the World
  •  The people have spoken: higher minimum wage
  •  Turn Down the Heat to Save You Money
  •  All Quiet on the Western Front 
  •  For Whom the Bell Tolls 
  •  Visiting Beautiful Ruins 
  •  Jerry can’t afford it: no money
  •  As She Ran Away 
  •  The people have spoken: Raise minimum wage now
  •  High-Quality Web Services
  •  First-Rate U.S. Lawyers
  •  A River Runs Through It 
  •  Did you get the Interview with a Vampire tickets?
  •  And Then Came Love
  •  To Kill a Mockingbird 
  •  The Portrait of a Lady
  •  The Sense of an Ending
  •  The Once and Future King
  •  Bank Holidays and National Holidays
  •  A House for Mr. Biswas
  •  The Cat in the Hat
  •  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 
  •  She Quietly Waits 
  •  Interview with a Vampire
  •  International Travel: Tips and Advice for Budget Travelers
  •  George Washington: The Untold Story
  •  The Book of Disquiet
  •  I know who you are: nobody
  •  Billionaire Pledges to Give Back to His Community

What are other grammar terms?

There are many different literary and grammatical techniques and devices that you might see when you are reading prose or poetry. It is important to recognize these terms because they are always used for some purpose. Knowing these devices can help readers understand the author’s deeper meaning and why they are using such a device. Take a look at the below list of grammatical devices from OED and see how many you know! Then try researching ones that are unfamiliar to you.

  • ellipsis | elliptical
  •  feminine
  •  subjunctive
  •  copular verb | copula
  •  verbal noun
  •  absolute (absol.)
  •  stem
  •  modal verb | modal auxiliary verb | modal auxiliary
  •  progressive
  •  definite article
  •  interrogative
  •  imperative (imper.)
  •  passive
  •  vocative
  •  double object
  •  personal pronoun
  •  person
  •  parasynthetic
  •  that-clause
  •  positive
  •  apodosis and protasis
  •  third-person
  •  adverb (adv.)
  •  combination
  •  construction
  •  exclamation mark
  •  interjection
  •  predicative
  •  to-infinitive
  •  present tense
  •  first person
  •  bare infinitive
  •  adjective
  •  participle | past participle | present participle
  •  inflection | inflected | inflectional
  •  direct object
  •  subjective
  •  dual
  •  noun phrase
  •  indirect passive
  •  direct question
  •  part of speech
  •  modify | modifier
  •  determiner
  •  abstract
  •  complement
  •  pronoun (pron.)
  •  optative
  •  apposition
  •  phrasal verb
  •  indicative
  •  comparative
  •  possessive pronoun
  •  number
  •  collocation | collocate
  •  second person
  •  subject
  •  appositive
  •  parenthetical | parenthetically
  •  anticipatory
  •  passive infinitive
  •  object | direct object | indirect object
  •  verb (v.)

Overall, titles are punctuated and capitalized in different ways depending on the type of work. 


  1. Glossary of grammatical terms | OED 
  2. title: meaning, origin, translation | Word Sense 
  3. Writing Titles (Grammar Lesson on Title Case) | Grammar Monster 
  4. Common Title Capitalization Rules | Your Dictionary