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    #1

    OK /vs./ ok

    Hi,
    I know that it's correct to write OK in capital letters but do you know any instance in which we can write it with small letters?

    I mean => ok.

    Is that always wrong?

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    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    It appears on my computer keyboard every time I switch it on, so it's not a big deal for a lot of people.

    We ask our members to type OK, okay, or Ok at the beginning of a sentence, to conform to standard practice in written English. It's a good habit for them to get into.

    EDIT: I was wrong about Ok.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Dec-2016 at 12:18.

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    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    OK
    Ok
    ok

    Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    "Okay" is only OK at the beginning of a sentence because the first letter must be capitalised at the start of a sentence. It does not work mid-sentence or at the end. If it's not at the beginning, then use "OK" or "okay".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Dec-2016 at 15:16. Reason: Fixed messed-up advice.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Ok" is only OK at the beginning of a sentence because the first letter must be capitalised at the start of a sentence.
    Would you please make an example for this?

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    #6

    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    This is how I see it:

    "OK" and "okay" are correct.
    "O.K." is correct but a little old-fashioned.
    "Ok" and "ok" are incorrect.

    ok is common in online texting because it can be a pain to press the shift key on a tiny cell-phone keyboard.
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    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    Where I come from, OK and okay are okay and the rest are not.

    A lot of lazy people post online.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #8

    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    I honestly can't get worked up about the lower case version, but I also use Okey Dokey.

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    #9

    Re: OK /vs./ ok

    Apologies, I made an error in post 4. It should have started with:

    "Okay" is OK at the beginning ...

    So here are some examples:

    "OK", he said. "Let's do it!"
    "Okay", he said. "Let's do it!"
    "Ok", he said. "Let's do it!"

    Are you OK?
    Are you okay?
    Are you ok?
    Are you Ok?
    Are you OKAY?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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