I am studying the English Problem Solver book from Practice Makes Perfect Series* and stumbled on a strange instruction at page 12:

Page 12 of Practice Makes Perfect: English Problem Solver

It says that a quote does not begin with a capital letter unless it is the first word in a sentence. The fourth example contradicts this rule, doesn't it?

  • Practice Makes Perfect English Problem Solver: With 110 Exercises by Ed Swick

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Okay, I got this one.

The direct discourse (direct quote) capitalization rule is to capitalize first letter of a quote, whereas in the indirect discourse (indirect quote), the capitalization is no required unless the word itself requires capitalization.

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