Do you have to capitalize the second part of a dialogue if the second part is separated from the first. “Behind every great fortune,” he said as he started to zip up his jacket, “is a great crime. Do you capitalize is?

  • Welcome to the site, trin carl! Your question is actually better suited to english.stackexchange.com as it is about the rules of English grammar concerning quotations. Also, don't forget that last quotation mark at the end of the quote. :) I'm sure it just got cut off in copy-and-paste, but I wanted to be safe and mention it. Jan 26, 2016 at 6:37
  • Actually, this question about style is fine here. Questions like this will sometimes get a more in-depth answer on English, but a more practical answer here. Jan 28, 2016 at 14:13

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This is a question for http://english.stackexchange.com . But the answer is no. When you are continuing a quote, as long as it doesn't begin the sentence or begin the quote, you do not capitalize it.

  • I disagree. This is a writing question because there are no capital letters in spoken English. You have to be writing to even think of this question. Further, only writers ever write any dialog. Jan 26, 2016 at 5:54
  • English SE is very much about the written word, not just spoken. Jan 26, 2016 at 6:32

The capitals are yours — they belong to your sentence, not the speaker’s sentence. So your sentence is capitalized correctly.

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