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Italicization rules

Posted by Manjusha Filed in English Writing

Italicize the following (or underline if writing by hand or using a typewriter):

The titles of books, plays, book-length poems, magazines, and newspapers:

War and Peace
TIME magazine
The Call of the Wild
National Geographic
The Times of India

The titles of movies and radio and television programs:

Finding Nemo
War of the Worlds
Law & Order
Car Talk
Tom and Jerry
Big Brother

The titles of works of art, including paintings, sculptures, and major musical compositions:

Mona Lisa (painting)
The Thinker (sculpture)
Swan Lake (ballet)
Porgy and Bess (opera)

Do not italicize musical compositions named by number or key: Symphony No. 4; Quartet in E minor.

Words, letters, and numbers used as such:

How do you spell please?
Does your name end with a c or a k?
The 6 looked like a 0.

Foreign words and phrases that have not been assimilated into English:

Alex's Weltanschauung was gloomy.
Alice made a tarte au citron for dessert.

Words and phrases that are being emphasized:

Paris was the place to be in the '20s.

The names of ships, aircraft, and space vehicles:

The Titanic
USS Maine
The Spirit of St. Louis
Space shuttle Challenger


See also

How to write dates?
Use of Capital letters
Some useful spelling rules
Paragraph writing
Formal and informal speech and writing
Newspaper headlines grammar
Newspaper headlines vocabulary Updated!
Italicization rules
Letter writing
Essay writing
Email writing tips
Resume writing
Cover-letter writing
Personal letter writing tips
Thank you notes
Condolence letter writing tips
TOEFL writing tips New!



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