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Colons:. After a salutation. Use a colon after the salutation of a business letter. Examples- Dear Judge Parker: Dear Governor Whitman:. Between Numerals Indicating Time. Use a colon between the hours, minutes, and seconds of a number indicating time. 8:30 p.m. 9:45 a.m 10:25:55.

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Colons

Colons:


After a salutation

After a salutation

  • Use a colon after the salutation of a business letter.

  • Examples-

    • Dear Judge Parker:

    • Dear Governor Whitman:


Between numerals indicating time

Between Numerals Indicating Time

  • Use a colon between the hours, minutes, and seconds of a number indicating time.

  • 8:30 p.m.

  • 9:45 a.m

  • 10:25:55


For emphasis

For Emphasis

  • Use a colon to emphasize a word, a phrase, a clause or a sentence that explains or adds impact to the main clause.

  • His guest lecturers are local chefs who learn a lesson themselves: Homeless people are worth employing.


To introduce a quotation

To Introduce a Quotation

  • Use a colon to formally introduce a quotation, a sentence, or a question.

  • Directly a voice in the corner rang out wild and clear: “I’ve got him! I’ve got him!”


To introduce a list

To Introduce a List

  • Use a colon to introduce a list.

  • I got all the proper equipment: scissors, a bucket of water to keep things clean, some cotton for the stuffing, and needle and thread to sew it up.


Colons

A Closer Look – Do not use a colon between a verb and its object or complement, or between a preposition and its object.

  • INCORRECT: Max has: a snowmobile, an ATV, and a canoe.

  • CORRECT: Max has plenty of toys: a snowmobile, and ATV, and a canoe.

  • INCORRECT: Dad watches a TV show about: cooking wild game.

  • CORRECT: Dad watches a TV show about a new subject: cooking wild game.


Between title and subtitle

Between Title and Subtitle

  • Use a colon to distinguish between a title and a subtitle, volume and page, and chapter and verse in literature.

  • Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning

  • Encyclopedia Americana IV:211

  • Psalm 23:1-6


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