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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.

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

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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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