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    Question Need Help

    On 31/Jul/06, MartinLussier <EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead> wrote:

    When reading a book and you see this (I)n or (t)his at the start of a paragraph
    what point is the writer making??

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    Smile Re: Need Help

    Hi there Martin
    I'm a little curious as to what kind of book you refer to (i.e. is it a work of fiction or a work of criticism? In other words is it an original work by an author, or is it a work by another author which includes quotations from the primary work? Or is it a critical edition of a primary work?) Usually, when intial letters are placed in parentheses (), specifically in relation to the example you give, it means that the critic/editor has amended the source text (e.g. replaced a lower-case "i" with a capital "I", or vice versa. Don't know if this is of any help. I hope so.
    Best
    Mike

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    It could be a letter that has been added because the original had an illustrated letter- are they old texts?

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