The Editor’s Guide to Capitalization after Colons

04 Mar 2019


When it comes to proper punctuation and grammar, editors have a lot of rules to keep track of. And to make things even more challenging, the rules tend to change or differ, depending on which guide you are following.

One rule that constantly comes into question is whether or not the word following a colon should be capitalized.

Luckily, this happens to be something that both AP and Chicago guides agree on.

This informative article from AP vs Chicago gives some great examples of when capitalization is and is not appropriate after a colon.

It also dives into some other important things to keep in mind when using colons in your writing, including the correct amount of spaces after punctuation (which is yet another thing that seems to be constantly changing in the world of writing).

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