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i.e. "It is important," his mother replied, "(a/A)nd we will all have a great time."

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    Since it's a report of a dialogue, it depends on what his mother actually said. That is, did she say "It is important. [full stop intonation] And we will ...", or did she say "It is important, [comma intonation] and we will ..."? – John Lawler Jun 18 '14 at 20:03
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"Not unless the second part of the quote starts a new sentence," J.R. said. "In that case, you'd start with a capital letter.

"However, if both halves are part of the same sentence," J.R. continued, "then the second half begins with a lower-case letter."

See Rule 4 at the Purdue OWL:

If a direct quotation is interrupted mid-sentence, do not capitalize the second part of the quotation.

  "I didn't see an actual alien being," Mr. Johnson said, "but I sure wish I had."

  • But if a direct quotation is interrupted at the end of a sentence, capitalize the second part of the quotation. And the difference depends on the intonation. – John Lawler Jun 18 '14 at 20:29
  • ahh. just needed a clear-up. – BWXY619 Jun 19 '14 at 7:33

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