Title Capitalization Blog

Is That Capitalized in a Title?

If you are looking for a short answer: Yes, that must be capitalized when using title case. Read on to find out why.
That is one those words that can function as more than one part of speech:
  • pronoun (“All that is necessary”)
  • adjective (“Follow that dream”)
  • adverb (“Not that great”)
  • subordinating conjunction (“Tell me that you love me”)
Pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs are capitalized in all title cases styles. Subordinating conjunctions are lowercased in some styles (AP and APA), but only if they have three or fewer letters, like as or if. Consequently, that must be capitalized according to all title case styles, independent of its part of speech:
Running up That Hill
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
You’re the One That I Want
Tip: If you are not sure which words in a title should be capitalized, use the Title Case Converter to automatically capitalize your titles or headlines correctly.
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