If a word, eg iPhone, that is spelled with a small letter (i in this case) begins a sentence, does that first letter get capitalized?
I'm writing an article about drug products. One of the drug brand names is "ella" (purposefully small letter "e"). ella begins several sentences. Do I capitalize the "e"?
This is a tough one.
In formal writing, I'd say the rule about starting sentences with numerals (25) applies. If a number starts a sentence, you spell it out (twenty-five). If you can't spell it out (too long), you should reword so another word starts the sentence. So, I wouldn't begin with a lower case letter (unless I were e e cummings).
In less formal writing, starting with iPhone might be acceptable, athough an article "an" or "the" may be required and make the question moot.
In any case, I would not start a sentence with a lower case "etta" -- too visually confusing. Try rewording. "The product, etta-blah blah, was introduced ..."
Hope this helps.
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