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    ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    A teenager now knows that one prized possession of his survived after the tsunami struck: A favourite football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

    Would it be wrong if i change 'A' to lower case? If it is fine, which is the preferred version?

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    Would it be wrong if I change/changed...

    A teenager now knows that one prized possession of his survived after the tsunami struck:Afavourite football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

    Would it be wrong if i change/changed 'A' to lower case?

    I notice native speakers use 'changed'. Is it also correct to use 'change'? If it is fine, I believe 'changed' is the preferred version.


    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 24-Apr-2012 at 12:09.

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    #3

    Re: ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    I would use lower case there.

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    Re: Would it bw wrong if I change/changed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post

    Would it be wrong if I change/changed 'A' to lower case? No - it would be correct.

    I notice native speakers use 'changed'. Is it also correct to use 'change'? If it is fine, I believe 'changed' is the preferred version.

    Use either 'Will it be wrong if I change it?' or 'Would it be wrong if I changed it?'

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    Re: Would it bw wrong if I change/changed...

    Hi Rover

    Thanks for the clear reply.

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    Re: ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    Thanks, 5jj.

    Are there sentences where a capital is used after a colon? Or should I always write the first word after a colon in such sentences in lower case?

    In the sentence I posted earlier, the part after the colon is not a complete sentence. -- ...A favourite football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

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    Re: ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    Thanks, Tdol.

    Are there sentences where a capital is used after a colon? Or should I always write the first word after a colon in such sentences in lower case?

    In the sentence I posted earlier, the part after the colon is not a complete sentence. -- ...A favourite football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

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    Re: ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    Are there sentences where a capital is used after a colon?
    Only when the next word is a proper noun.

    You don't need to post the same question twice.

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    Re: ...stuck: a/A favourite football....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Are there sentences where a capital is used after a colon? Or should I always write the first word after a colon in such sentences in lower case?
    You will see capital letters used after colons sometimes, and I think it's more common in AmE. I don't use them- I use capital letters for the start of sentences and proper nouns, apart from things like titles and headings.

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    Re: Would it be wrong if I change/changed...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    A teenager now knows that one prized possession of his survived after the tsunami struck:Afavourite football that drifted all the way to Alaska.

    Would it be wrong if i change/changed 'A' to lower case?

    I notice native speakers use 'changed'. Is it also correct to use 'change'? If it is fine, I believe 'changed' is the preferred version.


    Thanks.
    As Rover has said, 'would... changed' is right. But a lot of people in a colloquial context would ask 'Do you m/]Mind if change it?' or '[Is it] OK [by you] if I change it?' (with both verbs in the present) As often happens in the grammar of speech, the speaker can change construction in mid-flow, starting with 'would' and ending with a verb in the present. It's not 'right', but it often happens.

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