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    Capitalize a quotation within a sentence?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Tyler Danann, Apr 25, 2014.

    A bit unsure of how this should go:

    No longer was the adage of 'he who has the gold maketh the rules' fully true. It was...

    Should 'he....' be 'He' or have I done it right keeping it lower case?
     
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    if it's a full sentence, it must start with a capital... if the first word of the quoted sentence has been skipped, you would start with an ellipsis, to show the elision, then continue with lower case... and if you're not a brit, the quotation marks should be doubles [" "], not singles [' ']...
     
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    Ok thanks.

    If there is dialogue etc that's a double speech mark as well though right? Or is that only in Brit books?
     
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    US rule is to use " " for dialog and all other quoted wordings, and ' ' only for a quote within a quote...

    the old UK rule used to be the reverse, but nowadays, the US system seems to be gaining on it there...
     
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