Punctuation
Colon
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 Colon
 One of the easiest forms of punctuation
 Its basic function is to introduce – words, lists,
phrases, salutation...
 A colon gives emphasis to a statement
 A reader pays attention to what comes next
 e.g. Monica has only one thing on h...
 Used after the salutation (formal or business
letter)
 Dear Sir:
 Dear Madam:
 To whom it may concern:
Arundathie Abe...
 To provide additional details and explanations
 e.g. She had many reasons to read for a
Bachelor of Engineering: to get...
 To introduce lists or ideas
 e.g. I have visited many countries: Australia,
Thailand, France and Germany
 Aditya is su...
 To introduce a direct quotation
 e.g. She announced to her friends: “I will
be going abroad.”
Arundathie Abeysinghe 7
 Do not use a colon after a verb
 Do not keep a space before a colon
 Keep a space after a colon
Arundathie Abeysinghe 8
 Incorrect:
 My favorite foods are: rice, noodles and pasta.
 My favorite countries are: the United States of America,
...
Thank you!
Arundathie Abeysinghe 10
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A colon introduces a list, introduces a restatement of the main clause, appears at the end of a main clause and introduces an elaboration of the main clause.

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  1. 1. Punctuation Colon 1Arundathie Abeysinghe See more in You tube http://youtu.be/mBM5VSjONI0
  2. 2.  Colon  One of the easiest forms of punctuation  Its basic function is to introduce – words, lists, phrases, salutations (in business letters), to provide additional details and explanations 2 Arundathie Abeysinghe
  3. 3.  A colon gives emphasis to a statement  A reader pays attention to what comes next  e.g. Monica has only one thing on her mind: her child. Arundathie Abeysinghe 3
  4. 4.  Used after the salutation (formal or business letter)  Dear Sir:  Dear Madam:  To whom it may concern: Arundathie Abeysinghe 4
  5. 5.  To provide additional details and explanations  e.g. She had many reasons to read for a Bachelor of Engineering: to get additional qualifications, to get a good job and to improve her knowledge Arundathie Abeysinghe 5
  6. 6.  To introduce lists or ideas  e.g. I have visited many countries: Australia, Thailand, France and Germany  Aditya is successful in life because of one good quality: he is hard working. Arundathie Abeysinghe 6
  7. 7.  To introduce a direct quotation  e.g. She announced to her friends: “I will be going abroad.” Arundathie Abeysinghe 7
  8. 8.  Do not use a colon after a verb  Do not keep a space before a colon  Keep a space after a colon Arundathie Abeysinghe 8
  9. 9.  Incorrect:  My favorite foods are: rice, noodles and pasta.  My favorite countries are: the United States of America, Australia, Germany and France.  Correct:  I have three favorite foods: rice, noodles and pasta.  I have four favorite countries: the United States of America, Australia, Germany and France Arundathie Abeysinghe 9
  10. 10. Thank you! Arundathie Abeysinghe 10
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