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    Question RE: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    Hi folks,

    I have been trying to find out the reasons why authors make the decisions to present certain grammatical which they do. This question is somewhat similar to my recent question regarding a capital letter following a colon.

    Some writers use a capital letter after an ellipsis while others do not. For example:
    ". . . as a gigantic wave descended upon our village."

    ". . . As a gigantic wave descended upon our village."

    As you can see there is a capital letter (after the ellipsis) in the second example. I see equal amounts of both variants throughout my reading.

    Many thanks in advance for any kind assistance offered here . . .

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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    Unless the word after the ellipsis is a proper noun or the first person singular pronoun, I see no reason to use a capital letter to start it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    I think it's the nature of the text, not the author, that determines whether that letter is capitalized. Can you provide any examples from publications illustrating the two styles?
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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Unless the word after the ellipsis is a proper noun or the first person singular pronoun, I see no reason to use a capital letter to start it.
    I only just noticed this reply! Thanks.

    OK, so more or less the same 'rule(s)' apply as with 'capital letters following a colon' (as per previous question under separate cover).
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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think it's the nature of the text, not the author, that determines whether that letter is capitalized. Can you provide any examples from publications illustrating the two styles?
    I only just noticed this reply! Thanks.

    The example I gave was something I just knocked together for the purposes of demonstration.

    I will see if I can dig out a genuine example for you.

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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    GoesStation,

    I found an example in one of the texts I am analyzing. It is from: 'The Return of Shackleton from Weddell Sea' (1916). It is basically a journal compiled by the captain of the ship documenting how his ship sailed adrift during an expedition.

    Now here, having studied it more closely, I perceive it (ie. the capital letter after the ellipsis) as being the start of a new sentence (the sentence is very long and so I am actually starting off with an ellipsis!; therefore my question relates to the second ellipsis):

    ". . . as indicated by Fincher's discovery in 1912 of the junction here of the main land-mass and the ice-barrier . . . From here the drift took on a northwesterly course."
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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    The second ellipsis should have been followed by a period ("full stop" in British English). In other words, there should be four dots after "ice-barrier".
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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    I can't even see a reason for the ellipsis there. "ice-barrier" appears to be the end of the sentence I would expect a full stop straight after it. A capitalised "From" would then make sense.
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    Still, writing styles were a bit different in 1916 so maybe that explains it too. I notice that they have put a space between each dot of the ellipsis. That is incorrect these days. It should be "word, space, dotdotdot, space, word".

    In other words ... that's how it should look.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    The publication could be extracted from journals, with the ellipsis representing omitted text.
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    Re: Capital Letter after Ellipsis (Question)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The second ellipsis should have been followed by a period ("full stop" in British English). In other words, there should be four dots after "ice-barrier".
    To be honest, I have only seen three ellipsis followed by the capital letter of the next sentence (as is the above example). I totally understand what you are saying. I just have never seen your suggestion anywhere before (if my memory serves me correctly!).

    In any event, should the text have been written:

    ". . . as indicated by Fincher's discovery in 1912 of the junction here of the main land-mass and the ice-barrier . . . . From here the drift took on a northwesterly course."

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