Questions related to the use of the colon (":") in English.

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When to use a semicolon and when to use a colon? [on hold]

I find myself confused as to what situations warrant the use of the punctuations ";" and ":" (if punctuations is even the right word to use here). Could someone provide me with an example and ...
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Which is the proper way to use a colon? [duplicate]

My homework key says that a is the correct answer, but I'm unsure why. How does the addition of "three props" change anything? In other words, how do I recognize when to apply this rule: "Use a colon ...
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What is the correct punctuation to use in the following complex sentence?

Understanding this sentence does, of course, rely heavily on the contextual information provided by my essay. However, I am unsure if I have punctuated this sentence correctly or at all in the right ...
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Capitalization in direct speech without quotation marks

My question has been largely answered in the discussion linked to below. However, one question remains: in mid-sentence hypothetical direct speech without quotation marks, what is preferable ...
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Semicolon and colon

I like cooking simple, nutritious food; and, eating out: sushi and miso soup. Is the comma after simple correct there and also correct removed? Is there a more common way, stylistically? ...
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Semi-colon or colon?

I'm writing a descriptive piece, and can't figure out whether this is grammatically correct, or whether I ought to place a semi-colon between "entry" and "crooked": "As I walked in using the cobbled ...
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Colon or semicolon?

We need help with colons and semicolons - and we need the definitive answer here, with examples. Here is my example: There is hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK: the people are the most ...
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“Problem: solved.” or “Problem, solved.” or “Problem—solved.”

How should one correctly achieve the flow of this short sentence through the use of punctuation? Problem. Solved. In my specific example, I'm writing about how to restore creativity lost to the ...
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Where, if anywhere, should the colon/semi-colons go in this sentence? [closed]

Details about the costs (if any) of starting up the service and maintaining it, spreading awareness and gaining a user base, timelines, or counsel on any other challenges you faced and think might ...
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Using colon at end of a list

Although I do not know the name of the rule, I do understand that a colon is typically used to elaborate on a single thought or idea. For example: "I love all types of burritos: Californian, ...
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Is the usage of this semicolon correct? Should I replace it with a colon or dash?

I am getting ready to have my first tattoo and, as a fairly strict grammarian, I want to make sure that I get it right. I plan for the tattoo to look like the following, but I'm not totally sure about ...
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Should I use a colon or semicolon?

Which of the following punctuations is more appropriate? Strict liability serves to uphold the rights of individuals: in this case, the rights of the neighbor to the security of his property. or ...
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Is this list punctuated correctly?

I am in the process of writing my CV/Resume and want to list my skills with a brief explanation of how I learnt them. So far I have been using: Marketing Experience - Gained from owning a small ...
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Can a colon be preceded by a conjunction or: Is the title of Dr. Strangelove okay?

The full name of the movie often called "Dr. Strangelove" is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. I find it odd that there is a colon after a conjunction like "or." ...
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should I use a colon or semicolon here?

My sentence (roughly—it's in a scientific document and i have simplified somewhat): It is more relevant to calculate A relative to B: although C filters the observation, B describes the true ...
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Use of colon before reasons

If we say something has advantages over something else, should we write ":" before the reasons or not? For example, A has advantages over B: The value of A is more than B and… or A has ...
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Can I use two colons in a sentence?

Can I use two colons in a sentence? A typical example would be something like the following: Note: I have substantial experience with the following languages: Python, Java, C++, and Perl. I have ...
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Which is correct — period, semicolon, or colon? [duplicate]

Each day, difficult choices have to be made. Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have to be made; Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have ...
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List semi-colons?

Eleanor Roosevelt played an active political role. She wrote newspaper columns, made speeches and radio broadcasts, traveled widely, and listened to the concerns of women, minorities, and ...
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Em-dash vs colon: “Remind me: what's your name again?” or “Remind me—what's your name again?”

I have a sentence (and other sentences like it) in which I'm not sure what punctuation to use. Remind me—what's your name again? Remind me: what's your name again? Or is there something else ...
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Should I use a colon or semicolon in a list that doesn't end with “and”?

Should I use colon or semicolon in the following? I liked the atmosphere: the rusty tables, the old wooden walls, the Western-style counter.
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Can a colon be used after a helping verb like “is”?

I'm writing an answer to a science question and I'm not sure if I need a semicolon in the sentence. The problem for the experiment is; How do homing pigeons find their way home?
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Is it appropriate to use a colon in this situation?

For example: I did a quick search and found the following, but I am still confused: List item 1 List item 2 etc. Is it appropriate to still use the colon after adding the statement , but I am ...
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A trail of colons

I find I often, when writing, want to string colons together. Here is a recent example: These two moments would be likely candidates for retelling: they both connect the people of San Andrés ...
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Colon advice for introducing horizontal list in scientific abstract

I'm writing a scientific article abstract. My first sentence reads: Knowing the detachment energy of single particles from liquid-liquid interfaces is important in the design of soft materials: ...
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When should I capitalise the first inital after a colon?

I've read a few question and answers on this topic but, to make assurance doubly sure (as it were), here goes. Is the capitalisation correct in the following two instances? Chapter 7 examines ...
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Must an independent clause follow a colon (if it's not a list)?

I wrote this sentence: The unregulated internet we are accustomed to won out over another vision for the World Wide Web: a tightly controlled, "government-sponsored broadband network that ...
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Punctuation for a list of names in the middle of a sentence

Under the direction of General Manager, Rian Wagner, a motivated project team, including: Edison Ven, Gary Bon, Justin Bembi, Marco Conch, Leo Bold and Richard Trolo, led the effort to bring the ...
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Constructing long and detailed sentences, and the correct use of punctuation

I've had a browse of some of the questions here on commas and can't see if this has been asked. I have been fastidious about my punctuation and grammar, but find the advent of online social networking ...
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sentence fragment with colon

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21588388-georgias-governor-faces-ethics-questions-not-first-time-raw-deal ...., he has two options: accept the charges or rebut them. Is the sentence ...
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Colon designated list of colon itemized sentences

I'm just seeing dots, working with colons. Is it correct to use a colon to introduce a list of items which begin with colons? Or is it quite superfluous? Typically, I seem to employ this for lists ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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The use of the colon before enumerations

I would like to check the correctness of two constructions containing enumerations. The first one is as follows. Let us note the following two aspects: First, here comes the first aspect. Second, ...
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Can someone please fix the grammar and punctuation in this sentence? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? After multiple scientific experimentations, I can safely conclude my hypothesis: ice cream DOES taste better after 1am.
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Em dash or colon in formal writing

In formal writing, should I use an em dash The Earth consists of three layers — crust, mantle, and core. or a colon The Earth consists of three layers: crust, mantle, and core. ?
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Should I use a semicolon or a colon to introduce a question at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is punctuated correctly? My question for you is: how do I do that? My question for you is; how do I do that? Or should it be something different altogether?
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Is using a colon before a table of values correct?

Is it correct to use a colon before a table? For example: The required configuration is provided in the table below:
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What to do about multiple sentences following a colon?

For example: It happened only a handful of times in my lifetime: once when I went to the store. It just had to be done. There was no choice. Another when heading to the beach in 2013... Should I ...
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What punctuation should follow after a list introduced by a colon?

The whole department: John, Jeff, Jean, and the accountant [?] were thrown into jail.
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Colon usage after an imperative sentence in survey instructions

Consider a survey question that asks a question and then gives instruction about how to respond. For example, Is this a sample survey question? Check all that apply: __ yes __ no Is it ...
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Why ; is called semicolon and what is its history? [closed]

Semi- is a Latin prefix meaning "half" and colon is another punctuation. Should I therefore say that semicolon is a halved colon?
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Is it okay to use a colon within a bulleted list?

Question 1: Are colons allowed in a list? Business writing skills: data entry, email, presentation and press release writing. Question 2: Should there be only one and in a sentence?
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Punctuation for lists

I have a sentence like this: As you can see, there are two projects "project1" and "project2", where the latter uses the global wrapper functions defined in "project1" project. My question is ...
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The usage of quotation marks

I'm discussing and comparing two books and I want to know if I'm using quotation marks correctly: Both books are known for being existential and the reader is bombarded with questions throughout ...
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Period or colon? [closed]

Say, I have the following sentence: "The Gaussian Sobolev spaces are as expected defined as follows" and then you do a definition environment after. The question is: how do you end "as follows"? With ...
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Punctuation after “I couldn't help but to think” introducing a quote — colon or comma? [closed]

I couldn’t help but to think: “Is this really what the meaning of success has become?” and to make matters even worse, this idea was just spread to the thousands of viewers. Is the colon ...
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Colon between “that is” and formal definition

Is it appropriate to use "that is" followed by a colon when defining something formally? I have the following example: Let γ be the set of groups that hold variables accessed by C, that is: γ ...
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How to avoid repetition of “due to” [closed]

I want to say that something has happened due to several reasons. So I used word due to to say the reason but due to comes respectively. I avoided it in my 2nd sentence. Would it be ok? Missing of ...
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Using “?:” after a question

I find myself using the dual punctuation marks "?:" when I want to say "I have a question about the thing that follows". For example: Is it possible for the following sentence to be translated ...
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Using a semicolon between elements in a list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? Is it ever appropriate to use semicolons to separate elements in a ...