JS Tip 174: From the Writing Workshops: cAPItaliZING thREE

We’ll explore two last capitalization guidelines.  

One. Capitalize the first words of a displayed list.

Use the company colors in the advertisement:

•            Maroon

•            Tan

•            Dark green

But don’t capitalize the words if you list the items as a sentence:

Use the company colors in the advertisement: maroon, tan, and dark green.

(Notice the punctuation as well. No commas or periods in the displayed list. Commas and periods in the sentence list.)

Two. Capitalize the major words in headings, sub-headings, and titles:  

Profits Improved in the Second Quarter

Several Questions Remain

Gone with the Wind

Changing the Subject: A Question for You

This should be fun. Do these sentences mean the same:

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If they mean the same, is one correct and one incorrect? Is one preferable to the other?

If they don’t mean the same, what’s the difference?

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