Capital letters after a colon?

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LimpyLionel | 21:59 Sun 17th Jul 2011 | Jobs & Education
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Obviously, if someone's name, country, city, etc comes up, you capitalise it. I've seen some people use capital letters after a colon, and some with not.

So, when the use a capitalise a word after a colon, and when do you not?



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*when do you capitalise a word...
I don't think you capitalise after a colon unless the word would be capitalised with or without the colon
I have seen it done, even in some books, but I wouldn't use a capital letter after a colon unless, as you say, it's a proper noun.
not after a colon, only after a full stop.
The use of a capital letter after a colon is incorrect unless it is a proper noun, as you rightly say.
I wouldn't no, as its not the end of the sentence.
Definitely not, you only capitalise a letter after a full stop. The only time you would use a capital after a colon is if the next word is a proper noun, e.g.: Lionel (not e.g.: this is your name).
He has you all dancing on a string; Limpy has been on such a bizarre bender for a couple of weeks now.

You have been warned.
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I'm not a dummy, DT. I just type too quick. And I just ask questions to reassure myself. I haven't asked you to comment, have I?
Where a colon forms the purpose of SEPARATING two clauses (where the latter either explains the first, or provides a contrast with it), it should be followed by a lower case letter.

Where a colon INTRODUCES something (e.g. a list or quotation) it's usually followed by a capital letter.

(Brits tend not to use a colon for 'separation' purposes; that use is more common in the USA. In the UK we tend to use a semicolon, as I have just done!)
Yes I agree with that too, Chris, here is the list:

I look forward, with the most enormous interest, to when you latch onto word pairs like abtruse and obtuse, or complement and compliment.
It's good practice for us, DT, in brushing up our punctuation!
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And another question: Why do some people quote people with a single quote, and some with double quotes?
I have no issue with you asking the question, but the convoluted, ( mentally contorted and verbally perverted?) dance that you seem to take pleasure in, as to putting ABers through in past similar threads does, indeed, necessitate a comment.

Some of us are not fooled.
Limpy, we did the quotation mark thing a few days ago, please don't make us go back over that AGAIN.
My point exactly, the third time is it that you have raised the above question as to your last point?....^^^^
I have no idea what "fooled" means in this context, DT. A question is asked and answered; that is what the site is for.

Single quotes or double quotes is a matter of taste; the usual British practice is to use double quotes as a default, and single quotes for quotes-within-quotes. The best advice is to do whatever you want, but be consistent.
jno, we answered this same question at considerable length only a few days ago....
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That was with the films. I don't think I asked that particular question, did I?

I'm sorry if I did.

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