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Colons

  1. 2. <ul><li>Colons must always be preceded by the main clause. </li></ul><ul><li>You should be able to end the sentence before the list to utilize this rule. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>To indicate a list or series. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I went to the store to buy groceries: eggs, milk and butter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I bought: eggs, milk, and butter. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Directions: scan for lists and see if you can end the sentence before the list. Place a colon if necessary. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>To indicate another independent clause that exemplifies or helps to explain the first main clause. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She learned a bitter lesson that day: love conquers all. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She learned a bitter lesson that day: so she decided to never love again. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Directions: Circle all of the subjects and if there are any exemplifying clauses, place colons if necessary. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>To indicate a quotation (especially if it is set off in the text). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The president’s statement was succinct: “I never lied and never asked anyone else to lie.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dave said: “Hello.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Directions: Scan for quotation marks, and if a colon is necessary, place a colon. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Since the essay is already set up to do so, look back at the Biographical Rough Draft 4 notes and check for commas and semicolons as well. </li></ul>

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