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Hello,

If you have quotation marks which end with an exclamation mark should you then follow on with a capital letter?

For example, which of the below is correct?

"I'm sick of this place!" Screamed John.

OR

"I'm sick of this place!" screamed John.

Any help much appreciated.
Sarah
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You don't need to capitalize "screamed" in your example. The same would be true following a question mark.

(But,) John screamed, "Take this thing out of here!"

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Why? Is there a reason for this?

Why would there be a reason to capitalize it sometimes and not others.

Thanks for your response.
Hi, MB. Welcome to English Forums. Thanks for joining us! [<:o)]

As I understand it, reported speech is usually a sentence within a sentence, and both of them must begin with capital letters.

"No!", he said.

He said, "No!"

I suppose "No!" isn't actually much of a sentence, but in a dialogue it would certainly be capitalized:

John: Will you help me?
Betty: No!

"Take them away!", he said. (This whole thing is a sentence, and begins with a capital.)

What he said is also a sentence, and begins with a capital: "Take them away!"

The capital "T" serves both sentences.

But when you reverse the order, the situation changes:

He said, "Take them away!"

Capital "T" begins one sentence and capital "H" begins the other.

Best wishes, - A. Emotion: smile
Hi,

My question is, what if the sentence is structured like this:
Poor John! in midst of strangers, trying to look for a known face...

Here, should the 'in' be with a capital 'I' or a small 'i'. This is taken from a book written in the first person.

Would greatly appreciate a response.

Thanks,

Roopa.
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Having no verb, it's not a sentence. My first impulse would be to repeat the exclamation point at the end. Perhaps I'd even use a dash after "Poor John!"
Since "in" doesn't begin a new sentence, there's no real reason to capitalize it.
I often see exclamatory remarks begun with a capital, even though they're not sentences.

I think your example could be considered as all one exclamatory remark, with the portion which follows your exclamation point being considered an appositive for "John."
I don't understand which one is rightEmotion: tongue tied
sarahmanchester Hello,If you have quotation marks which end with an exclamation mark should you then follow on with a capital letter?For example, which of the below is correct?"I'm sick of this place!" Screamed John.OR"I'm sick of this place!" screamed John.Any help much appreciated.Sarah
Of course it should be a small s; it's the same sentence.
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The first one after punctuation come capital

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