Colons in References, Times, Ratios, and Titles
Colons in References, Ratios, Times, and TitlesColons are useful to divide the parts of:
- References. For example:
- Genesis 1:1 starts "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
- Ratios. For example:
- It's myth that the ratio of women to men in Nottingham is 6:1.
- Times. For example:
- The happiest hour of the day is between 19:00 and 20:00.
- The marathon world record is 2:02:57. The 800m world record is 1:40.91. (Colons are used in timings greater than a minute.)
- Titles. For example:
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (A semicolon, a comma, and "or" are also commonly used to separate a title from a subtitle.)
Another Example of Colons Used in a ReferenceHere is another example of colons used in a reference:
- Learn Chapter XIV: Section 4: Paragraph 6 by tomorrow. (Commas could have been used in this example.)
Examples of Colons Used in TitlesHere are two more examples of colons used to separate main titles from subtitles:
- "How To Get Your Own Way: Who's Manipulating You?"
- "Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision"
Example of Colons Used in TimesHere is another example of a colon used to separate the hours from the minutes in a time:
- The alarm clock is set for 07:30. (0730 and 07.30 are also correct.)