I don't really know where to post this. It's not a grammar question nether a vocabulary in my opinion..

Well, should we use a capital letter after a question mark or an exclamation mark? This question came to my mind in a sudden when I was writing a post...Emotion: thinking
...I know, I know..it's a stupid question...Emotion: sadbut I've never known that, well, maybe it's like Spanish and there is no need of capital letters after the marks...

Thank you in advance!
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YEs, those count as the close of a sentence, so the next word starts a new sentence with a capital letter.
Hi,

should we use a capital letter after a question mark or an exclamation mark?

Yes. These things mark the end of a sentence, and thus you need to start a new sentence.

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Oh, oh..I don't know what I was thinking about..!Maybe it's that I haven't slept these days..well, I just realised that in Spanish there is no need to use capital letters after ":" and not after exclamation marks or question marks! I don't know how it is called in English. And my next question is..is capital needed after ":" aswell?Emotion: rolleyes

Thanks for your help!
Hi,

And my next question is..is capital needed after ":"

No. Although there can be special cases where one is used, eg if the following word is a proper name.

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Clive and Nona, thanks for your help:) (again:P)
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I have always been taught if an independent clause is preceded by an exclamation mark, question mark, or period, the first letter of that clause is capitalized: it is a new sentence, therefore the first letter of the first word must be capitalized. However, I have recently read "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky. There are myriad instances in which, after an exclamation mark, the first word of the proceeding clause is not capitalized. I have never come across an example of that, and I was wondering if anyone can provide insight.
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If what follows the ! is a new sentence, then it should start with a capital letter.
Hi,

Bear in mind also that you are not reading the original Russian, but a translation by someone.

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