Capitalization of a quote

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I'm using part of a sentence from a book as a complete sentence in my own essay.  Since the quoted portion starts in the middle of the original sentence, I am not sure whether to capitalize the first word or not.  This is from The Hunger Games:

 

   "...trespassing in the woods is illegal and poaching carries the severest of penalties..." (Collins, 5).

asked Apr 19 '13 at 23:44 Diane New member

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Only if the first word starts a sentence in the quote. The leading ellipsis lets the reader know that this starts in the middle of sentence, and the trailing one serves as ending punctuation.

link comment answered Apr 19 '13 at 23:53 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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