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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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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.
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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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