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I am writing a novel, and I show my characters thoughts in italics. My question is, do I capitalize the first word of the ‘thought’.
For instance, if I write:
Sandy thought, (in italics) Was this planned or random?
MS Word corrects me if I capitalize it, but I learned somewhere that I was suppose to.
Can you clear this up for me?

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Do you capitalize the first letter after a colon

When do I capitalize the first letter in a bulleted item?
In most cases, experts recommend that you start each bulleted item with a capital letter. We're so programmed to capitalize only proper nouns and the first word of a complete sentence that it almost seems wrong to capitalize single words and phrases. Do it anyway.

When do I capitalize the first letter in a bulleted item

When the seasons are used generally, they should not be capitalized; however, when seasons are used in a title, then the first letter should be capitalized.Seasons, such as , , and , do not require capitalization because they are generic nouns.

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Is the first letter of a quote capitalized? | Yahoo Answers

When you quote others, you're expected to quote them exactly, right down to the spelling, capitalization, and italicization. If you change anything, you have to signal it to your readers. The most common ways to do this are with [brackets] for additions and (. . .) for omissions. (Newspapers sometimes uses parentheses instead of brackets, but brackets pose less risk of confusion.)

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Strunk and White would disagree with part of Anonymous's 3/38/08 post. It seems that they say a colon may be used after an independent clause to introduce a list of particulars, an appositive, an amplification, or an illustrative quotation: there is no restriction on the length of what comes after the colon. However, they do agree that one should not capitalize the first letter after the colon. Lynne Truss (one of my heroes) does use a capital letter sometimes after a colon, when it introduces a quote that is either in quotation marks or indented.

Have you run across the situation where one sentence ending with a colon is followed by another sentence? Do you capitalize the first word of that second sentence?

Writing Rules: Capitaling First Words Enclosed in Parentheses

Wow, this thing gets off-topic a lot sometimes.. Anyways, to answer the original question, you wouldn't even use the colon in the first place in that example, you would use a semi-colon and then *not* capitalize the first letter of the first word after it. But lets just say that you had an urge to use a colon instead for some reason, then I think that, (I've finally come to this conclusion after reading all the comments on this thread), yes you would capitalize it like you did in the example, but only if both clauses on either side of the colon can stand alone as sentences. I may be wrong about that, but thats what it seems to be after reading all the other comments. If the clauses on either side can not stand alone as sentences, *Don't* capitalize the first letter of the first word after the semicolon, only capitalize the first letter of the first word of the sentence.
However, if you have two sentences that you want to connect, I would rather just use a semicolon instead, it looks better, at least to me, and then you don't have to worry about this to capitalize or not to capitalize business, you just don't capitalize the word after the semicolon at all (unless it's a name or something).

05/09/2009 · I just had a brain fart and can't remember if i capitalize the first letter in (parenthesis)

Writing Rules: Capitaling First Words Enclosed in ..

On both questions, however, "acceptable" is not the same as "desirable" or "required." Whether to use a colon or a period is a matter of style or the writer's intent. Whether or not the first letter after a colon should be capitalized depends on the style manual you choose: APA requires it when the second phrase is a complete sentence; other manuals are not as clear.

You do not capitalize the first letter of a quote if the quote is in the middle of a sentence, right?

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Such a lot of misinformation you've kicked up! After a colon, the first word is capitalized only if it starts a full sentence. If it kicks off a phrase, then, no. The semi-colon, by contrast, is always followed by a complete sentence which is not capitalized, ever.