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When To Use Italics ?

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When To Use Italics ?

Case 1

Titles of newspapers, magazines, and books should be put in italics. Articles, essays, stories, chapters, and poems should be enclosed in quotation marks.


Her job requires her to keep up with the Times Of India, The Hindu, and the Economics Times every day.

"Song of Myself" is the first poem in Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Every year Consumer Reports runs "Best Buy Gifts" in the November issue.

Case 2

Titles of plays and movies should be put in italics. Television and radio programs should be enclosed in quotation marks.


Shakespeare's Hamlet

The Playboy of the Western World

the movie High Noon

Huston's The Maltese Falcon

"Forest Gump"

"60 Minutes"

Case 3

Titles of works of art and long musical works should be put in italics. Shorter works such as songs should be enclosed in quotation marks. When the form of a musical work is used as its title, neither italics nor quotation marks are used.


Grant Wood's American Gothic

Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper

Handel's Messiah

Don Giovanni by Mozart

Porgy and Bess

Case 4

The names of ships and airplanes should be put in italics.


the aircraft carrier Intrepid

Lindbergh's The Spirit of St. Louis

Case 5

Words and phrases from a foreign language should be put in italics. Accompanying translations are often enclosed in quotation marks. Words of foreign origin that have become familiar in an English context should not be italicized.


As a group, these artists appear to be in the avant-garde. They are not, however, to be thought of as enfants terribles, or "terrible children," people whose work is so outrageous as to shock or embarrass.

Case 6

Words used as words, and letters used as letters, should be put in italics.


I can never remember how to spell broccoli.

Be sure to pronounce the final e in Nike.

Case 7

Italics are sometimes used to indicate that a word or words should be pronounced with extra emphasis.


The boss is very hard to get along with today.

Madhu loaned the tape to Priya, and she gave it to Kranthi.

Sample Usage

Have you seen the latest issue of Wisden Digest?

The word basically is often unnecessary and should be removed.

I just read Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens.

3 IDIOTS promo was shown on network TV last week.

My favorite book is Five Point Someone

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