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What Are Colons? (with Examples)The colon (:) is a common punctuation mark. It is also called the full colon.
Listed below are the uses for the colon.
Use a Colon with an Appositive at the end of a SentenceYou can use a colon to expand on something previously mentioned in the sentence. (The words after the colon are called an appositive.) For example:
- His influence is obvious in two buildings: the local church and pavilion. (In this example, the local church and pavilion is the appositive of two buildings.)
Use a Colon after an IntroductionYou can use a colon with an introduction. For example:
- The following were absent: Charles, Smith, Wainwright and Dodds.
Read about colons used with bullet points.
Use a Colon in References, Ratios, Times, and TitlesA colon can be used as a separator in references, ratios, times, and titles. For example:
- Read Matthew 2:1 before 07:30. (colon in a reference and a time)
- The ratio is 6:1 in Nottingham. (colon in a ratio)
- "Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision" is the book of www.grammar-monster.com. (colon in a title)
Use a Colon with QuotationsA colon can be used to introduce a quotation:
- He said: "Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect."