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    Capitalisation after colon

    When are the words after colon capitalised (except, of course, proper names, etc, and if colon on is used before a citation)? Is it something peculiar to AmE?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Last edited by marenparn; 01-Aug-2007 at 17:33.

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    Re: Capitalisation after colon

    If what follows the colon is a complete sentence, some style guides will tell you to capitalize that first letter. Others will say to never capitalize what follows a colon (except proper names). Certainly don't do it if what follows the colon is a list.

    Do you want to give an example of one you wouldn't be sure of?

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    Re: Capitalisation after colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If what follows the colon is a complete sentence, some style guides will tell you to capitalize that first letter. Others will say to never capitalize what follows a colon (except proper names). Certainly don't do it if what follows the colon is a list.

    Do you want to give an example of one you wouldn't be sure of?

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    Thanks, Barb-D. Your reply was sufficient. I know about the list after colon. I wasn't really sure about the whole sentence - and neither seem the style guides. Which one would you prefer (capitalised or not)?
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    Re: Capitalisation after colon

    Oh, bullets are an ENTIRELY different thing.

    But for something like this...
    Items to bring: umbrella, boots, raincoat, bug spray
    ...then, NO, do not capitalize.

    I almost always capitalize in a bulleted list. They look naked otherwise. :)

    As to whether I prefer a capital after a colon when it's a full sentence -- I prefer whatever the company's style guide says.


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    Re: Capitalisation after colon

    If the colon (:) comes before a list, the word after the colon is not capitalised (otherwise this is necessary due to another overriding rule, e.g., the word is a proper name).

    Please see this link on capitalisation:
    Capitalization | Punctuation Rules

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