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    Re: Capitalize Words after Semi-colon?

    Hi!

    A Chinese forumite told me it is not necessary to capitalize the word after a semi-colon.

    But I just found the following example from Cambridge dictionary. It does capitalize the word after a semi-colon. Please read it highlighted in red.

    skim (CONSIDER QUICKLY)
    verb [I or T] -mm-
    to read or consider something quickly in order to understand the main points, without studying it in detail:
    I've only skimmed (through/over) his letter; I haven't read it carefully yet.
    I am wondering whether it is right not to capitalize the word after a semi-colon. In other words, are they both acceptable?


    I look forward to your advice. Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Capitalize Words after Semi-colon?

    If you mean 'I' and "I've", these are always capitalized.

    In brief, what your friend meant was that what comes after a colon or semi-colon is not a new sentence, and so you don't have to capitalize the first word (which is what you do at the start of each new sentence.)

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    Re: Capitalize Words after Semi-colon?

    Thank you, David L. I forgot "I" is always capitalized for a moment. I offered a silly example.

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