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    • Colons must always be preceded by the main clause.
    • You should be able to end the sentence before the list to utilize this rule.
    • To indicate a list or series.
      • I went to the store to buy groceries: eggs, milk and butter.
      • I bought: eggs, milk, and butter.
    • Directions: scan for lists and see if you can end the sentence before the list. Place a colon if necessary.
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    • To indicate another independent clause that exemplifies or helps to explain the first main clause.
      • She learned a bitter lesson that day: love conquers all.
      • She learned a bitter lesson that day: so she decided to never love again.
    • Directions: Circle all of the subjects and if there are any exemplifying clauses, place colons if necessary.
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    • To indicate a quotation (especially if it is set off in the text).
      • The president’s statement was succinct: “I never lied and never asked anyone else to lie.”
      • Dave said: “Hello.”
    • Directions: Scan for quotation marks, and if a colon is necessary, place a colon.
    • 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.