Saturday, 3 September 2011

How to use a colon correctly

Like the semicolon, the colon is an easy piece of punctuation to get wrong. But if you know how and when to use it, it can add power and meaning your writing.

When do we use a colon?
A colon denotes an introduction to something. It could be a list, a quotation or simply an idea.

There is one main rule: 
When using a colon you need to make sure anything that comes before the colon makes sense as an independent statement.

Here are some correct examples:
The event was attended by a host of big-name female singers: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Madonna.

The skydiver often used a quote from an R Kelly track: 'I believe I can fly'

There is one thing to remember when using a colon: make sure you use it correctly!

If you need additional help or guidance, please post your question below and I will do my best to answer it.

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