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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 12:42 pm
She leaped into the air as the ballerinas did on television and fell, injuring her knees. The accident taught her Jane one lesson: Never/never to imitate what ballerinas do.

Should 'never' in lower or upper case?

Many thanks.
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contrex
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 01:01 pm
@tanguatlay,
The word "never" should start with a lower case 'n'. It is not starting a sentence.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Tue 24 Feb, 2009 10:17 pm
@contrex,
Thank you very much, Contrex, for helping me frequently.
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2009 10:07 pm
depends on whether the following is a complete clause or not, a capital for the complete clause, lower case if not.

in your case use a lower case
contrex
 
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Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2009 01:04 pm
@kuvasz,
Kuvasz described the US English practice. In British English, which I believe Tanguatlay wishes to follow, the word following the colon is NOT capitalized unless it is a proper noun, an acronym, or if it is normally capitalized for some other reason.


tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2009 11:21 pm
@contrex,
Thanks, Kuvasz and Contrex.

I don't know why AmE often has different versions from the BrE.

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