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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 11:26:51 PM
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"about" is the correct choice. We use "excited at" when we refer to something more specific or punctual. "about" can work with a more general complement.

Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters as in the two "about's"?

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Gabriel82
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Koh Elaine wrote:
"about" is the correct choice. We use "excited at" when we refer to something more specific or punctual. "about" can work with a more general complement.

Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters as in the two "about's"?

Thanks.


No. First letter of each sentence should be capitalized.
Elvandil
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Koh Elaine wrote:
"about" is the correct choice. We use "excited at" when we refer to something more specific or punctual. "about" can work with a more general complement.

Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters as in the two "about's"?

Thanks.


Yes, it is absolutely fine in your example. In fact, the sentence would make less sense if you didn't. You are referring to the use of the word "about" and not the word "About". If capitalized, the reader would find it less clear which word previously referenced you were actually referring to. It is what I do all the time in the instance you illustrated. Most rules exist to minimize ambiguity and communicate clearly and they should be understood that way.





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thar
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My opinion only, not backed up by any authority:

I agree with Elvandil that 'about' is not a word within that sentence. It is a thing, a specimen. Like inserting an image or web address. It can't be changed. Part of its meaning is that it starts with a lower case letter. Think of other examples like God and god, or reading and Reading (a city in England). It has meaning which you are importing from somewhere else, within inverted commas. You can't change it just because of where you put it in the sentence. It is in inverted commas for a reason!


I also think that it looks pretty weird at the beginning of the sentence. Luckily, there is a solution!

The correct choice is 'about'.


In language the only rule is to communicate effectively! If your sentence feels iffy, find another way to say it!

Koh Elaine
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Koh Elaine wrote:
"about" is the correct choice. We use "excited at" when we refer to something more specific or punctual. "about" can work with a more general complement.

Is it OK to start a sentence with lower-case letters as in the two "about's"?

Thanks.


No, it isn't, since the principal idea of using the capital letter, is to signify the start of a new sentence: just like a period is used to signify the end of that sentence. It gets chaotic when people break protocol, it starts simply enough, and always ends badly. IMHO.
Koh Elaine
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