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When writing a title or a name of a place in a novel, do you capitalize the "T" in "the"?

For example the name of an establishment, which of these would be correct:

They went to The Cloak and Dagger Inn?

OR

They went to the Cloak and Dagger Inn?

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You capitalize The if:

  • It begins a sentence.
  • It is part of the name.

So if the inn is The Cloak and Dagger Inn, everything is capitalized (except the and of course). If the name is the Cloak and Dagger Inn, then the the is not capitalized, as it is not part of the name.

On the other hand, if the the does not start the name, then it is not capitalized: Inn of the Cloak and Dagger.

Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. ;)

  • To clarify further, capitalize the T if it begins not only a sentence, but a title ("The Little Prince"). And even if "the" is part of a name but not at the beginning don't capitalize it ("King of the Hill"). – Ken Mohnkern Jul 6 '16 at 11:51

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