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Warren said, 'could you help me remember some English basics?' vs. Warren said, 'Could you help me remember some English basics?'

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closed as general reference by Kristina Lopez, jwpat7, FumbleFingers, MετάEd, tchrist Jan 13 '13 at 23:20

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Yes, capitalize. Here is a quick reference site: http://www.fiction-writers-mentor.com/punctuating-dialogue.html

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The second of those is the way to do it. Could is the first word in the sentence reported, and the first words of sentences in English begin with a capital letter. You would not, however, use a a capital letter if you wrote Warren asked me if I could help him remember some English basics.

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You always capitalize the first word in a sentence and as the thing in the parenthesis is a sentence then the first word should be capitalized.

The second one is correct.

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