I am writing up a project and I am wondering whether or not I would capitalize the first letter in brackets where the brackets are the start of the sentence. For example, consider the following: I like French. (Not really). Should it be (not really) or (Not really)? Thanks in advance
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The answer is simple, if you "do have a full stop", then the next sentence in braces has a capital.
If you "don't have a full stop" it's part of the same sentence, do not, ever, use a capital. (And the full stop goes "outside everything.")
Both forms are completely normal, OK and commonplace.
Here's an example of a sentence (with some extra stuff).
Here's a great sentence. (Didn't you love that sentence?)
Here's a sentence (it sucks) with short words.
That's all there is to it, no biggie here.
I have always treated parenthetical statements as part of the sentence, and always as additional commentary to what has just been stated. With that rule in place, there would never be a parenthetical statement starting a sentence. Your provided example, using my rule, would not put the period after the word French, but would be placed after the contradictory statement just after that word. See below:
I like French (not really).
You shouldn't put a complete sentence in parentheses at all.