The Difference between Title Case and Sentence Case

Title case

In title case, the first letter of each major word is capitalized.

Major words typically include nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet), and prepositions (to, from, in, on, with, etc.) are usually not capitalized unless they are the first word.

When do we use title case?

Title case is more commonly seen in formal writing, such as essay titles, published books, titles of magazine articles, other scholarly works, as well as to refer to a title of a work within your writing,

Examples of title case:

"The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog"

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

Sentence case

In sentence case, only the first letter of the first word in the sentence is capitalized, along with any proper nouns or specific titles.

When do we use sentence case?

This style is typically used in regular sentences and paragraph text.

Examples of sentence case:

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog is a strange sentence."

"Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone is a captivating story."

"The importance of being earnest cannot be overstated."

In summary, title case capitalizes the first letter of major words, while sentence case capitalizes only the first letter of the first word in a sentence along with proper nouns and specific titles. The choice between the two styles often depends on the context, style guide preferences, or personal preference.

Worksheets to practice title case

We have a series of worksheets across many grades for students to practice writing title cases.

Grade 2 capitalize letters

Students rewrite sentences using the title case in these worksheets.

Grade 2 capitalize letters worksheets

Grade 3 capital letters and titles

In these worksheets, students work on capitalizing book and movie titles.

Grade 3 capital letters and titles worksheets

Grade 5 capitalizing titles

Set at the grade 5 level, these more difficult worksheets have students work on capitalizing titles.

Grade 5 capitalize titles worksheets

Grade 5 formatting titles worksheets

These worksheets have students practicing capitalizing and formatting titles.

Formatting titles worksheets
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