|Q.||When do I capitalise the next word after a colon?|
|A. ||That depends on why you're using the colon:
- If the colon is used in a sentence, lowercase the first letter after the colon, unless it is a proper name.
- If you're using a colon to introduce a quote or an extract, capitalise the first letter after the colon.
- It was announced yesterday: the election is in March.
- It was announced yesterday: Athens won the next Olympic Games.
- She read aloud: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
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|Q.||When do I capitalise the names of departments and organisations?|
|A. ||Capitalise the name only when you're quoting the exact name. A good rule of thumb is to use the name shown in the telephone book, or do a registered name search for organisations from the Australian Securities Investment Commission site.
For more information, contact the language department.
For more information, contact the Department of Language.
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