I am trying to use this statement but am unsure if I am using the colon correctly. I am trying to write

" He quotes one of Job’s religious sayings, it being: "

(context: this is to introduce the fact that Benjamin Banneker is quoting Job, a man from the bible.)

  • I see nothing wrong with it. Personally, I would remove , it being and put the colon directly after sayings. But that's just a stylistic choice. – Jason Bassford Oct 9 '18 at 4:55
  • I'm unsure whether (not "if"). – Les Tivers Oct 9 '18 at 18:41

Using a colon for one-list item (restatement or emphasis) is standard practice.

Furthermore, if in the original text it does not appear with quotes, then adding quotes and substituting a comma for the colon is as acceptable, if not more so, especially considering that you're... quoting a quote (seems fitting to put it in quotes :3).

Agree with @jason to remove it being, in any case.

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