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# Capitals after a colon?

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26 Feb 2014, 11:14
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Hi,

Not sure if this has been asked before,

Are we supposed to use capitals (i .e. upper case) after a colon?

Would really appreciate prompt replies....Hav my gmat in 5 days

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26 Feb 2014, 12:54
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abdb wrote:
Hi,

Not sure if this has been asked before,

Are we supposed to use capitals (i .e. upper case) after a colon?

Would really appreciate prompt replies....Hav my gmat in 5 days

Dear abdb,
I'm happy to respond.

Rest assured that the GMAT SC does NOT test capitalization at all. That is simply not covered. Use of colons is relatively rare, although they do occur. Technically, if what follows the colon is an independent clause (something I have never seen on the GMAT), then in American English it is often (though not always) capitalized, and in British English, it is not capitalized. The GMAT scrupulously avoids any issue that would be "correct" on one side of the ocean and "wrong" on the other side, so you definitely will not see this tested.

Mike
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27 Feb 2014, 11:50
Many thanks, Mike, you rock!

Can you please help me with the AWA too. Have finalized my "template" for the test (did some changes yesterday)but have not got it verified so far.

Thanks, once again!

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