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  1. Odila Escobar

    Question Student

    Do you capitalize the first letter inside the quotation marks?

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    Re: Student

    Not every time, only at the start of a quoted sentence. If you interrupt a quote, the second part of a sentence would not be capitalized.

    "The crux of the biscuit," a wise man once told me, "is the apostrophe."

    If you are reporting a sentence fragment, use the ellipsis mark (...) to indicate the missing words.

    I heard Frank muttering something under his breath, "...not very nice," was all I heard.

  3. #3

    Re: Student

    However, if the original quotation was capitalized, you must indicate that like this:

    Original text:
    The man was above that.

    Your text:
    John Williams argues that "[t]he man was above that"

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