Grammar Greatness: the Colon (no medical jokes, please).

October 14, 2019 | By | Reply More

Punctuation is simply how you make your writing read more like how you speak.

You use a colon :  to pause before introducing related information (often introducing ideas, quotes, or lists), as well as introducing explanations and amplifying a point for emphasis.

Examples

  • Croydon University excels in four core subjects: electronics, art history, materials science, and music technology.
  • There are three things you need to understand about Bob: he hates cats, loves dogs, but keeps a llama in his bathroom.
  • I ate in my grandmother’s kitchen for five days, and my stomach came to one conclusion: yuck!
  • Dickens had the right idea when he said: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

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