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Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Sat Jan 24 14:57:17 EST 2004


>All this punctuation talk reminds me of a question I asked on another list
>some time ago. Where does the US practice of following a colon with a
>capital letter come from? Here in the UK it would be considered just plain
>wrong, but it seems to be fairly widespread in the States, at least where
>what follows the colon is an independent clause rather than a list. Is this
>an American invention? Or is it something that used to be done here too, but
>which died out, like faucet and fall?

I have an ESL textbook that says a capital letter is needed after a colon 
when there is a list of questions, but not a list of items that are not 
questions. There is no explanation of this rule. It seems odd to me.

Robyn 
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