In English, the first letter of every sentence is capitalized. Do we do that too in Italian writing?

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    Welcome to Italian.SE. – Charo May 9 at 16:31
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    Out of curiosity: is there any language written in the Latin alphabet where the first word of a sentence is not capitalised? – DaG May 9 at 17:31
  • Yes, you should, but there is one notable difference with English: in Italian, you do not capitalize the first letter of the first line after a missive opening (unless the word is proper noun). In other words, in English you write "Dear John, [new line] Today..." but in Italian you write "Caro John, [new line] oggi..." – secan May 10 at 10:27

Yes, also in Italian it's mandatory to capitalize the first letter of each sentence, as you can see in this article from Treccani encyclopedia:

L'uso delle maiuscole è obbligatorio in una serie di casi.

• All’inizio di testo o di una sua parte (capitolo, paragrafo ecc.)

Quel ramo del lago di Como che volge a mezzogiorno (A. Manzoni, I promessi sposi)

• Dopo un punto fermo

Tornò a Roma. Laggiù si sentiva a casa

• All'inizio di una battuta di discorso diretto

Luigi disse: «Arrivo domani»

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