May 22, 2017

When to Use a Capital Letter After a Colon

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Sometimes the first word after a colon starts with capital letter. Sometimes it's lowercase. That's because there are two variables to consider: 1. whether the stuff after a colon is a complete sentence, and 2. whether you're using Chicago or Associated Press style. Here's the full story.

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