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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:

### 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

### 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

• 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

• 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.

### 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

• 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