Title Capitalization Blog

Is Was Capitalized in a Title?

Was is a three-letter word, and a lot of short words are not capitalized in titles, for example, for, and, but, via, nor, or yet. But this doesn’t mean that was shouldn’t be capitalized either. The fact that a word is short is not a sufficient reason for not capitalizing it; it also needs to have the right word class. A short preposition, for example, is lowercased in all title case styles, but a short verb isn’t. Was is a verb (a form of to be), and so it follows that it should be capitalized in title case, as in the examples below.
How the West Was Won
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
I Was Made for Lovin’ You


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