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

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Should a colon be used to introduce a quote? [duplicate]

Doing some editing and came across a sentence in which a colon is used to introduce a quote. Is the colon justified in this case? SENTENCE ENDS: ...wearing a T-shirt that says: "When the going ...
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Quotes vs. colon convention [duplicate]

How do the following options differ in what they imply? Option 1 The real question is: what do you want to achieve? Option 2 The real question is, "What do you want to achieve?" Is there an ...
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Usage of of colon (:) and dash (─) [duplicate]

I often find use of colon (:) and dash (─) confusing. Let me explain this with the help of the following title appearing in an article: Moto ─ an excellent car Sometimes, I find colon (:) is ...
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Usage of commas and colon in sentence containing lists, and additional clauses

I've used this site to my benefit in the past, and now I have my own question. I have looked through some of the answers (although I admit not every one as I am short on time) and cannot find what I ...
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how to punctuate a sentence [closed]

How should this sentence be punctuated? I've run it past all the online grammar checkers I could find and they seem to think all 4 are acceptable. In my house when the heat is off the pipes freeze. ...
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Interchangeability of “--” (dash) and “:” (colon)

Let me cite two examples, one using "--" (dash) and the other using ":" (colon): John has three sisters -- Sita, Mita and Rita. John has three sisters: Sita, Mita and Rita. Grammatically, ...
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When listing things like goals, do you use semicolon or colon?

For this project, I have two goals: make it more efficient, and give it more exposure. There are two goals I want to accomplish; I want to make it more efficient and give it more exposure. ...
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Colon vs. Semicolon? “Lydia's father is a master chef;/: he oversees the kitchen at a five-star restaurant.” [closed]

From Grammar Workshop: "Lydia's father is a master chef he oversees the kitchen at a five-star restaurant." Can someone explain whether to use a semicolon or a colon?
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Is it improper to use a colon and then another colon in the same sentence?

Can you use more than one colon in a row? Examples: He follows one moral maxim: the Golden Rule: treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Jane lives in an one-story house: a ...
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How do you punctuate items in a series after a colon when the items are independent clauses?

A sometimes online sparring partner of mine recently wrote: Men (as opposed to women) have had a purpose that should serve us well should this new transhuman world ever actually materialize: We ...
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Sentence Structure on a single sentence

Is this a single sentence. I know I can break this into multiple sentences, but I would like to phrase this in a single, non-run-on sentence. "Sometimes, I enjoy cooking: Whenever guests come over, I ...
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Punctuation of a very complicated list

I have the following complicated list: Authenticated key exchange protocols are ubiquitous across the internet. Notable examples include Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), also known as Transport Layer ...
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Using colons and semi-colons in dialogue

I've often heard writers say they don't like using colons and semi-colons in dialogue specifically and I don't often see colons and semi-colons in dialogue, but sometimes it just seems like it's by ...
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Why you have to put “-” after “:”? [duplicate]

Why do you have to put "-" after ":"? This study observed two indicators:- (i) the sample, (ii) the population size Is this a valid rule, if so why?
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Why is a 'semi-colon' half a colon? [duplicate]

The word "semi-colon" is used for the symbol ";"; but this is not half of a colon ":": half of a colon would be a full stop ".". So why the usage of the term semi-colon, or half-colon, for a symbol ...
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Colon or semicolon before a follow-up question?

I've seen countless people do this, but I am unsure if it's correct usage or not. This show is talked about, but that brings up the important question; will it be great? Should I use the example ...
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Should I use comma or colon?

What punctuation is preferable in the sentence below? Complex sentences have two clauses, one main (or independent) and one subordinate (or dependent). Complex sentences have two clauses: ...
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How to introduce an idea before stating it?

This one always gets me. How do I introduce an idea and then state it in the same sentence? Does it simply require a colon? That's because we have one goal: for you to consider your website a ...
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Using colon, list and parentheses

This is an interesting structure: it has a colon, it's a list, and it boasts parentheses too. But I have doubts about the structure; is the second sentence below grammatically right? Do you have ...
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Comma or colon after a word like “Remember” followed by a sentence addressed directly to reader?

In these sentences: Take the time to buckle your seatbelt. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. Should Remember be followed by a comma or a colon?
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Using a colon following a question [duplicate]

Can you use a colon following a question mark? I am not sure about the colon and/or capitalization when adding the list of characteristics. Which of the following characteristics do you ...
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Is the following sentence correct? A statement followed by a list. Should I use a colon? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "My main priority as a tutor has always been to help the learner feel at ease, with me, with themselves and with their own abilities." I feel like there should be ...
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Jack London's list —X, Y, and a Z and a J

On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box. There were other things on the sled—blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the ...
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Is it acceptable to use a colon in the following manner?

I am currently working on a book (I am in the final stages) and would love to know whether the following use of the colon is correct or not: Firstly, please take time to brainstorm all the ...
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“It is the god-given given that must be accepted because it cannot be changed.” vs a colon

Is the difference purely stylistic, or is there a slight change of meaning in using one form of over the other? "It is the god-given given that must be accepted because it cannot be changed," as ...
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Should I use a colon or not?

I am not certain whether I need to use an additional colon in the following sentence: As a result, you get a Managerial Framework: This document answers questions such as Who is in charge? Why ...
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punctuation if dash introduces question-sentences

He worried--why X; what will happen if Y? It seems that this construction expresses the idea best, but it creates a few punctuation questions. Should the first semicolon be question-mark? Is there ...
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Correct colon and semi-colon usage?

I thought of this while walking and wanted to write it down. I would like to know if I am using punctuation correctly in this sentence-- particularly the use of the colon and semi-colon. And please ...
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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 ...