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In the following sentence:

'cause I know what you been doing on your weekends, girl.

Should the "c" in cause be capitalized or does the fact that the first two letters have been replaced by an apostrophe mean that it stays lower case?

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I wouldn't call that an abbreviation. It is a contraction, right? – WesT Dec 23 '11 at 5:43

You should definitely capitalize the first letter. In fact, apostrophe isn't really a letter - it's a character. The first letter in the sentence you presented is "C". The fact that the first two letters have been replaced by an apostrophe simply means the first character is "C".

A very famous case would be Shakespeare's tis:

'Tis now the very witching time of night

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Just the other day, I saw (on englishSE) someone starting a sentence thus, "I.e., ...". Needless to say it took me a while to understand what it really was. Of course, this is quite different from the OP's case. – Kris Dec 23 '11 at 11:15
    
Shakespeare should not be quoted as standard or even general use of English. A lot of expressions he use are "bending the language". – Pacerier May 16 at 14:48

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