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  1. Conatus's Avatar
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    #1

    Hi, [blank line] as a part of... [capitalization after salutation and blank line]

    Hi,

    In German, after the salutation followed by a comma on [in? at?] the first line of text adressed to someone (e.g. a letter) one gives a blank line and starts a new paragraph with no capitalization on [?] the first word. [If the salutation is followed by a colon, the capitalization is mandatory.]

    For the first time I've noticed someone doing this in English. And that took place on this forum. On 21st January HeloiseVdW wrote:

    “Hi,

    as part of my thesis, I will be running a psycholinguistic experiment. Before that, I need to check that the stimuli I am using sound ‘native’".


    According to her profile, Heloise is a native French speaker. I’d like to know whether this form is correct in English style too, given the possibility that the colleague had used it because it applies to French's one as well -- but not to English's one -- and that no moderator/teacher had noticed the occasional little mistake.
    Last edited by Conatus; 24-Jan-2014 at 23:31.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Hi, [blank line] as a part of... [capitalization after salutation and blank line]

    For me, no. The first word of a new sentence/line should be capitalised.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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