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In a bulleted list of very technical sentences, where each bulleted item has one or two parenthetical examples or restatements which are complete sentences, should the first letter of each e.g. or i.e. sentence be capitalized or not?

Example:

  • Here is my technical sentence. (e.g., Should the word of this example be capitalized like this?)
  • Here is another technical sentence. (i.e., this really isn't an i.e., I just want to know if the first word should or should not be capitalized and am providing an example of yes and no.)

I originally posted this on English Language & Usage http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/37153/when-using-complete-sentences-in-parenthetical-e-g-or-i-e-situations-should-th/37154#37154 and in discussion with @simchona the analogy of semicolon punctuation came up. Here are the corresponding examples:

  • "As we discussed, you will bring two items; a sleeping bag and a tent are not optional." - No doubt, the "a" in "... a sleeping..." should be lowercase.
  • "As we discussed, you will bring two items. A sleeping bag and a tent are not optional." - No doubt, the "A" in "A sleeping ..." should be capitalized.
  • "As we discussed, you will bring two items (i.e., a sleeping bag and a tent are not optional)." - no doubt, the "a" after the "i.e.," is lower case.
  • "As we discussed, you will bring two items. (i.e., A/a sleeping bag and a tent are not optional)." - Now the sentence in parenthesis is standing alone, i.e., it's not embedded in the bulleted sentence.

Should the parenthetical in this example start with "(i.e., a sleeping ...) OR "(i.e., A sleeping ...)"?

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possible duplicate of Can I start a sentence with "i.e."? –  KitFox Aug 9 '11 at 18:08
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merged by Grace Note Aug 9 '11 at 18:09

this question was merged with When using complete sentences in parenthetical e.g. or i.e. situations, should the first word be capitalized? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.

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