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

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Correct usage/distinction in these examples [on hold]

The score has a real unique sound with interesting vocals; the score is also well produced and professional. Our law firm is one of the Internet's most prolific copyright experts: firms that catch ...
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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To capitalize, or not to capitalize inside the quote

I'm getting myself all sorts of confused since Google is both a proper noun and a verb. Which option is correct? A). This time, Google "Best natural skincare lines." B). This time, Google: best ...
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Question Regarding Comma vs Colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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Can I use “for example” after a colon?

Examples often feel detached from the text if I introduce them after a full stop, so I'm looking for different ways of introducing them. I throught of introducing an example after a colon, because ...
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Colons vs Em dash ?

The designer envisions the game’s fundamental elements: the settings, characters, and plots that make each game unique, and is thus a primary creative force behind a video game. A) NO CHANGE B) ...
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What does this long sentence mean?

What is the purpose of colon ":" in this sentence "everyone: and reason"? "The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all ...
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Writing a list with a description of each item — Formal Writing [Research Paper]

I am trying to write the following sentence: "There are some objectives we cannot miss in any visualization library, which are: performance: high-level abstraction may limit the user’s ..., ...
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Do you need a colon after by? [closed]

I am organizing a school magazine and on each photo we must put the name. I was wondering when you write the word by, do you need the colon after it? Example: Photo By: Jane Doe By Jane ...
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How to punctuate two sentences that form one unit that requires a colon at the end? [closed]

I ask this in the context of comments in computer programming which are written in plain English. For this question, I require a colon at the end of every comment that is a heading of code. Now, if ...
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Comparison after colon; use “and” or “or”

does the following sentence make sense? In general, triple combinations are better than double: melphalan, prednisone and thalidomide (MPT); bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP); or ...
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How to punctuate character descriptions within a single clause

I want to say "Inside the bedroom John and Mary sit and talk" but include descriptions of each. e.g. "Inside the bedroom, John; a thirty year old boxer and Mary; a balding starlet, sit and talk". ...
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Using the Chicago Manual of Style, do colons go inside or outside quotes?

I have the following sentence: The program identifies particular “targets” and “identifiers:” the “targets” are people who are suspected of committing a crime. Does the colon go inside the quotes ...
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What is the difference between “;” and “:” I don't really understand this difference? [closed]

I never really understood the difference between these so if someone could elaborate that would be excellent.
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Noun function after colons

I have this sentence: I want the following: Eggs, milk, and bread. What are the functions of the nouns after the colon in the sentence? (Eggs, milk, and bread) Are they direct objects or ...
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Semi-colon, colon or comma? [closed]

I was wondering whether I should use a semi-colon, colon or comma after 'displacement' in the following sentence? To exemplify this, we create two bin smooths for mpg against displacement: one ...
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Do I start a list with 1 item with a colon?

I often have to note down a list of people I send documents to at work, eg., 'PDF sent to: John, Edith, and Margery' If I only send the document to John, should I still use the colon? 'PDF sent to: ...
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How to use a colon in the middle of a setence?

Please help me with a problem in Colon. Which one of the following is correct? I would recommend Project A: Building a Bridge, for three reasons. I would recommend Project A: Building a Bridge for ...
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How to correctly use colon? [closed]

I have the following sentence: The company will be oriented towards the development of three types of products: video games, video animations and digital marketing for which it will make use of ...
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Can you use a colon to introduce just a single item instead of a list?

Colons are usually used to introduce a list of some kind after an independent clause; however, would it work for a single item? For example, can you write For 3 years, I ate hamburgers: my friend's ...
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Abbreviation ending with a colon ':'

Which one is the correct form of ending an abbreviation with a colon? I don't have much space in the form where I am showing this along with other info. So I have to use these abbreviations. ...
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Using a colon after a single word

I write instructions for our assembly lines. Frequently, I need to call their attention to something that is not a step, but that they need to know. My usual way of doing this is to write, "Note: Do ...
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Punctuation after a list introduced by a colon in the middle of a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: I am particularly grateful to seven people: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G[?] for our numerous merry gatherings, whether with reason or not. The question is: What ...
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Usage of colon in English and math writing

I always have problems with the use of colons when writing math papers. The following examples come from a published paper in a prestigious American journal. Here is an example where the colon is not ...
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Why was the semicolon used over the colon?

In The Oatmeal's guide, they write: I gnaw on old car tires; it strengthens my jaw so I'll be better conditioned for bear combat. Why was a semicolon used instead of a colon? The Punctuation Guide ...
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What is the correct punctuation after “as follows”? [closed]

I am consistently confused by by the usage of "as follows", in particular, I don't know if I should end "as follows" with a period, or with a colon. Should I always use a colon, or can I sometimes ...
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Can colons and semicolons be interchangeable in joining independent clauses?

I understand that colons can join two independent clauses if the second independent clause expands on or explains the first. I understand that semicolons can join two independent clauses if they are ...
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Can a colon join sentence fragments for emphasis?

In this sentence, can a colon be used (after "zone") to put emphasis on the two fragments that follow it? Ex: His room was a chaos zone. Clothes haphazardly tossed across the bed. Books scattered ...
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Can the colon introduce only two objects? [closed]

"Here are two choices: pizza and hot dogs." Would that be correct, or can the colon only introduce three or more objects?
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Colon or Dash for definition list?

In a definition list should I use a colon or a dash to separate the definition term (dt element) and the definition description (dd element)? Example: one of a number of things. Test: the ...
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Why do we use colons [closed]

There have been many times in the English language where I have seen colons (:), but the other day I looking at a game "Mario Kart: Double Dash" and was wondering why is there a colon between Kart and ...
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A question regarding colon usage twice in a title

In the article title below, can the second colon be replaced with some other punctuation? Description of the eurotarget cohort: A european collaborative project on targeted therapy in renal cell ...
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What is the most appropriate punctuation in the example sentences: colon, semicolon, or other?

First off, I apologies for the redundancy of this question. I am aware that there are already several questions dedicated to the use of colons and/or semicolons. However, non of the questions I saw ...
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Is a hyphen or a dash longer? [duplicate]

Can anyone confirm if the hyphen or dash is longer? Which one is longer than the other and which one is the shorter?
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Punctuation colon

In case there's a sentence The following students are required to submit their assignments by March 15th. Will there be a colon after 15 or a full stop?
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Parentheses or colon inside em-dashes?

Should I use a colon, parentheses, or none of them to introduce the word "Arabic" in the following sentence? I am passionate about languages —including my native one: Arabic— and a fan of accuracy ...
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Sentence fragment with Colon (Kurt Vonnegut)

I read this sentence from Vonnegut, and I was wondering whether this is a sentence fragment. He places a colon after a dependent clause, but aren’t colons allowed after independent clauses only? ...
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On the punctuation for introducing a list with a non-independent clause and then proceeding to comment on items of that list

The grammar of the following sentences may not be correct, but you should be able to get the gist of how I want to structure the sentences. My question is how to make the sentences grammatically ...
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Punctuation In Order to Expand on an Action

I am trying to switch around this sentence: "Even under the gravest of conditions, Beowulf lives to help anyone." into something like this in order for it to make more sense: Beowulf lives to ...
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Capitalize question after colon or not? [duplicate]

I am wondering whether I should capitalize the first word after the colon in the following sentence: I wondered: how can I utilize knowledge of algebra to reach my goals? All resources on the ...
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Which punctuation would be used here? [closed]

I am wondering what punctuation would be used if you are telling the reader to look at a certain thing, and then telling them what they will see. Would it be "...transcript: You..." or "...transcript-...
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Using of colon ( : ) and comma ( , ) in a sentence

I have the following situation: Person1: Please check my website if it looks good. Here's the link: http://example.com. Person2: I checked your website: http://example.com, and it looks good. ...
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Connecting Clauses With Comma

I really like to speak using my own voice. It doesn't sound natural to write in a way that doesn't use my own voice, so I need to clarify a few things when it comes to connecting clauses. Say I have ...
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Colon use, em dash, or comma [duplicate]

What is the proper way to punctuate this sentence? Colon, em dash, or comma? Eating at a homeless shelter since March has provided me with a look into the thoughts of other people: both the ...
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The use of colon in the sentence

I have a hard time understanding the use of the colon in the following sentence: Marriage is like a supermarket: easy to get into but hard to get out of. Is the part after the colon a list of two ...
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Comma, colon or either in my text?

The author used a comma in the following text; I would have used a colon. Any thoughts? "She is one of only a few lawyers with the necessary skills to advise on such deals[:][,] a significant ...
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Colon or semi-colon?

I wanted your opinion as to whether the semi-colon in the following paragraph is acceptable; my instinct is to use a colon instead. Is either OK? Such a clause is unlikely to comply with the Act’s ...
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Colon Before a List of Questions

Is the use of the colon correct in this sentence? She pushed the thought aside because she didn't want to ask herself questions like: Where did he go? Was he even real? Was she going crazy? She ...
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Can I always use a colon before an enumeration?

I can think of many examples where an enmuration helps in understanding the sentence. However, I am not sure whether it is correct to put a colon before each enumeration. So which of the following ...