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Capitalization


Proper Use of Capitals to Begin Sentences

The first letter of every sentence is capitalized, regardless of the part of speech of the opening word.

Examples:

The ball bounced.
Jogging is an excellent way to stay in shape.
Purple flowers lined the tree-shaded lane.

Note: Capitals are only used to begin sentences, not independent clauses set off by semicolons or colons. The only time a capital follows a colon is if the colon is introducing a full-sentence quotation. (See the section on quotation marks for examples.)

Example:

Wrong: Love is a wonderful thing; Don't throw it away.

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