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    1. It raises the question: what is a quality film?
    2. It raises the question: What is a quality film?
    3. deleted.
    Which sentence is correctly punctuated? Is the question mark needed after 'film'?

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    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 02-May-2007 at 14:35.

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    Do my eyes deceive me or are 2. and 3. different?

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    Default Re: punctuation

    In British English, we generally use lower case after a colon, but American speakers often use upper case.

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    Yes, the question mark is necessary.

    I found the following summary at Guide to Grammar and Writing.
    There is some disagreement among writing reference manuals about when you should capitalize an independent clause following a colon. Most of the manuals advise that when you have more than one sentence in your explanation or when your sentence(s) is a formal quotation, a capital is a good idea. The NYPL Writer's Guide urges consistency within a document; the Chicago Manual of Style says you may begin an independent clause with a lowercase letter unless it's one of those two things (a quotation or more than one sentence). The APA Publication Manual is the most extreme: it advises us to always capitalize an independent clause following a colon.
    All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Do my eyes deceive me or are 2. and 3. different?
    My eyes deceived me, not yours. I didn't note 2 and 3 are the same.
    I've deleted 3.
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 02-May-2007 at 14:48.

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    Gracious thanks.

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