Capitalization of abbreviation

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Joseph Turian:
If the abbreviation "e.g." i.e. exempli gratia appears at the beginning of a sentence, should it be capitalized?

E.g., y = -1 for all distituents.
I see no reason that it shouldn't, except that it looks garish. (Perhaps that just my style sixth sense telling me to avoid this construction.)
Joseph
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Sara Lorimer:
[nq:1]If the abbreviation "e.g." i.e. exempli gratia appears at the beginning of a sentence, should it be capitalized? E.g., y = -1 ... it shouldn't, except that it looks garish. (Perhaps that just my style sixth sense telling me to avoid this construction.)[/nq]
I would rewrite or use "for example." That's not a whole sentence, anyway.

SML
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Joseph Turian:
"For example, y equals negative one for all distituents." is not a whole sentence?
I humbly disagree.
Joseph
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Sara Lorimer:
[nq:1]"For example, y equals negative one for all distituents." is not a whole sentence? I humbly disagree.[/nq]
I misunderstood your example. To translate into a language I speak, I thought you'd written something with a structure like this:

E.g., warm coats for all cold people.
Nonetheless, I'd still use "for example" instead of "e.g." at the beginning of a sentence.

SML
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Mike Lyle:
[nq:1]If the abbreviation "e.g." i.e. exempli gratia appears at the beginning of a sentence, should it be capitalized? E.g., y = -1 ... it shouldn't, except that it looks garish. (Perhaps that just my style sixth sense telling me to avoid this construction.)[/nq]
It should certainly have a capital if it's at the beginnning of a sentence. The difficulty I'm having is with putting it at the beginnning of a sentence. I don't say it's impossible, but wouldn't it have to be a special kind of text?
Mike.
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Mike Lyle:
[nq:2]"For example, y equals negative one for all distituents." is not a whole sentence? I humbly disagree.[/nq]
[nq:1]I misunderstood your example. To translate into a language I speak,I thought you'd written something with a structure like this: E.g., warm coats for all cold people. Nonetheless, I'd still use "for example" instead of "e.g." at the beginning of a sentence.[/nq]
Definitely: that partly clears up my earlier puzzle. I think I'd use it with caution, though.
Mike.
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Martin Ambuhl:
[nq:1]If the abbreviation "e.g." i.e. exempli gratia appears at the beginning of a sentence, should it be capitalized?[/nq]
It should be spelled out as "For example".
[nq:1]E.g., y = -1 for all distituents.[/nq]
For example, that should read
"For example, y = -1 for all distituents."
[nq:1]I see no reason that it shouldn't, except that it looks garish.[/nq]
And looks as if you don't know English.
[nq:1](Perhaps that just my style sixth sense telling me to avoid this construction.)[/nq]
As well it should.
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don groves:
[nq:2]If the abbreviation "e.g." i.e. exempli gratia appears at the beginning of ... my style sixth sense telling me to avoid this construction.)[/nq]
[nq:1]It should certainly have a capital if it's at the beginnning of a sentence. The difficulty I'm having is with ... beginnning of a sentence. I don't say it's impossible, but wouldn't it have to be a special kind of text?[/nq]
I would avoid the problem by connecting it to its antecedent with a comma, or whatever mark is appropriate. I think that's what's normally done in these situations.

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