Learn English – Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase


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Capitalization of names that begin lowercased, at the beginning of a sentence

Let's say that you have a word that should be typed with leading lowercase letter. Perhaps it's a computer command. Perhaps it's an Internet nickname. I can't find any more serious examples.

When you put that word at the beginning of a sentence, should you capitalise it?

cat allows you to display contents
of a file.

The convention is that commands are typed in fixed-width font, so this doesn't stand out as much.

soccer_boy_89 turned out to be my
sister's account.

This does, though.

Of course you could paraphrase the sentence such that the problematic word is not the first one, but that's not the point here.

Best Answer

If the word really demands lower case and you really really don't want to paraphrase to stop it looking odd, then you're left with keeping it in lower case and it looking slightly odd...