Should the word from be capitalized in a title or headline? This question cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” since the answer depends on several factors. Let’s look at the individual cases in detail.
In title case, the capitalization of the word from depends on the style guide you are following.
AMA, AP, APA, New York Times
In AMA, AP, APA, and New York Times style, from is always capitalized, because these styles capitalize all prepositions that have four or more letters.
Far From Home
Let’s Get Away From It All
Bluebook, Chicago, MLA, Wikipedia
In both Chicago and MLA style, all prepositions are lowercased, independent of their length, while in Bluebook and Wikipedia style, all prepositions with four or fewer letters are lowercased. Therefore, from is generally lowercased in these four styles:
With a Little Help from My Friends
Escape from New York
However, from must be capitalized if it is the first word of the title:
From Here to Eternity
In Chicago, MLA, and Wikipedia style, the last word is also always capitalized:
Where I Come From
Bluebook style however does not have such a rule, so from remains lowercase when it is the last word:
Ten Designs to Choose from
If you are using sentence case, then from is generally not capitalized:
Fallen from grace
The only (and obvious) exception are titles in which from is the first word. In such a case, from is capitalized:
From this moment on
Do not capitalize the word from if …
- you are following sentence case and it is not the first word of the title
- you are following Chicago, MLA, or Wikipedia style title case and it is not the first or last word of the title
- you are following Bluebook style and it is not the first word of the title
Capitalize from in all other cases.
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