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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Should the "c" in cause be capitalized or does the fact that the first two letters have been replaced by an apostrophe mean that it stays lower case?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
Possible duplicate of Should initial e's after h-dropping be capitalized? – Peter Shor Dec 23 '11 at 16:53

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 The fact that the first two letters have been replaced by an apostrophe simply means the first character is "C".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

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