Punctuation Basics: The Colon

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The basic rule for using the colon

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Punctuation Basics: The Colon

  1. 1. Punctuation Basics: The Rule of the Colon
  2. 2. Using the ColonThe colon joins a main clause with another element, which may or may not be a complete sentence.Hilary enjoys two things in life: surfing the internet and reading her email.Hilary enjoys two things in life: she likes to surf the internet and she likes to read her email.The rule for the colon is simple. Whatever appears to the left of the colon must be a complete sentence; whatever appears to the right does not have to be a complete sentence, but it may be one.

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