Punctuation: Capitals after colons

April 27, 2006: Issue 136

When a full sentence follows a colon, capitalize it.

The homeowner’s request was simple: Everything had to change.

When a phrase or dependent clause follows a colon, don’t capitalize it.

The architect offered a compromise: a bump-out.

This clutter-buster has a rule about what to toss: anything you haven’t worn or used in a year.

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