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Has this sentence been punctuated correctly? [closed]

We can surmise to a reasonable extent that the princess must have felt the full force of three passions whilst making her decision: that of love, envy, and fear. Is the use of the colon correct?
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Introducing a term with a colon, followed by a relative clause

I have the following sentence. This represents a very important concept, metastasis, which refers to the tumor's spread to other parts of the body. I wanted to change it to put more emphasis on the ...
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Which is better here, colon or dash?

Their style favors texture and timbre over more familiar and comforting musical elements; there is no beat, melody, or rhythm – only techno-cacophony. Can I switch the dash for a colon, like this? ...
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Is it proper to use a colon after “Thank you”?

For instance in: Dear Sir, Thank you: we appreciate this opportunity, and look forward to being contacted with Team X.
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Are multiple colons in technical papers allowed? [closed]

Here is the context: There is a set of parameters defined by them, x: the number of boys, y: the number of girls, and z: the overall population size. I feel the punctuation usage is kind of a mess ...
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How can I use : and ; in independent clauses [duplicate]

How can I know the second clause explains the first one in these sentences Spain is a beautiful country; the beaches are warm, sandy and clean. Remember the old saying: Be careful what you wish for. ...
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How to interpret two clauses separated by a semicolon, then followed with a colon

If two clauses separated by a semicolon are then followed with a colon, does the colon apply to only the second clause, after which it appears, or does it apply to both clauses being considered as a ...
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How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list?

How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list? One possible structure of the sentence I would like to punctuate is: I do not have any ...
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Do you use a semicolon or colon before the word “that” in a sentence?

I just wanted to ask if a semicolon or colon is appropriate before the word “that” in a sentence. For example, I want to tell him that maybe it is the fact that I have been guarded every second of ...
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Is 'and' essential in a colon list? [duplicate]

I would like to know if an 'and' is always necessary before the last item in a colon list. Is the following correct, or should I place an 'and' before 'grapes'? The basket contained a variety of ...
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Should I use a colon after 'as'?

Do I need to place a colon after 'as' in the following sentence? The main subject of 'Animal Farm' is totalitarianism, which is defined as(:)'a system of government that is centralized and ...
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Is it okay to use 'to name a few' with a colon

Is the following sentence correct? The list had a variety of foodstuffs: oranges, apples, bananas and sardines to name a few. Is it okay to use the phrase 'to name a few' with a colon, and also do I ...
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colon followed by a question

I did some search on the Internet but am unable to get clarity on this. SET 1 Which of the following is correct? A) Have you: Ever purchased a blue car? Ever visited Hong Kong? Ever gone on a long ...
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Capitals after mdash

I would like to know if, in British English, if there is a question after emdash, do I need to start the question with a capital? for example —Do you know what this means? Also, what about a general ...
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Can I use a colon at the end of an incomplete sentence (see two example)?

Thank you for your help. Examples are provided below. Example A. Some people feel they must...: Prove their worth all the time. Put others down all the time. Example B. The pairings were as ...
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Punctuation of two complete quotations introduced by a colon and separated by coordinating conjunction

How would I punctuate between the two quoted sentences when they are introduced by a colon and separated by a coordinating conjunction? Here is the example sentence: The advertisement shall include ...
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The use of colon in the middle of a sentence

Please let me know whether the below sentence is grammatically correct. I like 3 subjects: English, Mathematics, and Science, but the first one is always my favorite subject. The reason for raising ...
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Can I Use Two Colons in This Sentence?

Conversely, the substitution effect moves in the opposite direction: as the price of breakfast cereal rises, so does its opportunity cost: other goods become relatively cheaper and thus more ...
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Why this clause is dependent?

While preparing for my SAT, I encountered the following sentence: "According to a survey analysis, veterans returning to the University of Illinois had 6 one “predominating request”: an efficient ...
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Should you use quotation marks when transcribing an interview in which the speakers are identified before each quote?

I apologize if the title is unclear, as I couldn't find a great way to phrase this. What I'm asking is, which of the following would be correct? Interviewer: Good morning, thank you for joining me. ...
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What is the best way to punctuate titles that have subtitles with subtitles?

I am going through a few movies and I see Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Are that many colons appropriate? I am inclined to use em-dashes for the next subtitle, leading to Pokémon: Zoroark — ...
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To make this sentence clearer shall I use a colon?

In the following sentence as an example, the speaker meets two strangers that happen to be a fox and a cat. As he turned a corner, he came face to face with two strangers, a fox and a cat. Should the ...
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Captialization after a colon

Should I captialize the word after a colon if its a dependent clause? For example You are banned: violating our Terms and Services. OR You are banned: Violating our Terms and Services. Which one ...
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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Is a semicolon or colon needed after “including”?

Previous research has identified four individual factors which appear to predict this including**;** need to feel loved, need to be loved and self-esteem. Thanks everyone!
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Usage of the colon in this sentence (and alternatives) [duplicate]

Is the colon used in the following sentence correct? If so, would it be better to replace it with a semicolon or a period? As CPUs get faster and faster, it is important that the performance of the ...
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Colon, semicolon, or em-dash?

First Question: In Elisa’s daily life, she is mainly a housewife--meaning that she cooks, cleans, does the dishes, and more. Second Question: The tinker starts talking about what it is like sleeping ...
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Use of Comma and Colon

I have been given the following section, and I need to identify the grammatical errors. Hawthorne physically set this short story in the town of Milford. It is a common setting for Hawthorne: a New ...
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Colon or Semicolon for ‘I’m Sorry’

I was wondering whether using a colon is incorrect if I used it as follows: I’m sorry: I only saw your message this morning. My logic for using the colon rather than the semicolon is that the ...
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Does a colon go before or after parentheses?

For example, Shopping (At Whole Foods): Shopping: (At Whole Foods) Which one is right?
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Use of punctuation in complex list with two sets of appositives

How would you punctuate the sentence below? Is it okay the way it is? I've never seen a sentence that introduced more than one list with a colon. I considered just taking out the colons. I also ...
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Colon, Semicolon, or Em-dash

Which of the following three are correct? I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated: they're quite informative. I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated; they're ...
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The usage of colon

Can you please tell me whether or not this sentence is correct, and, if not, how can I reorganize it. Is it even possible to use a colon here, or should I just omit it? "If the main subject is ...
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Use of colon to elaborate upon clause

I'm wondering if sentence structures such as the following are a valid use of the colon: I don't understand your second point: Is it not said that the sky is blue? As you can see, I'm using the ...
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Lists. To colon or not to colon?

As a Spanish translator, I struggle with MANY Spanish sentences that include a preposition followed by a list of numbered (e.g.) activities. The lists can be long or short. An example would be: The ...
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When is it okay for a colon to precede a dependent clause that is not a list or example?

While browsing through an ACT study guide, I have encountered the following sentence (as part of a discussion of old signs seen along the highways): After all, there they are: advertising products ...
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Colon Use or Not

I listened to the song. It went: The man in the hat is crazy. The man in the hat is.... Should there be a colon after 'went'? Or not?
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Alternatives to the Colon

I find that I use the colon far too often in my writing. Specifically, I use the following construction too often: statement: explanation or example Here are some concrete versions of this: ...
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Should a colon be used after “for example”?

I am having difficulty deciding when a colon should be used in a sentence. I have a specific example that I was unable to resolve via browsing the web The research centre will use confidence ...
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What is the grammatical function of a list following a colon

My ten year old son asked the grammatical function of items in a list following a colon. Such as the sentence "There are three countries in North America: Canada, The United States, and Mexico." ...
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Colon usage check with example

I just need some clarification on whether the colon usage in this example is correct: ‘Desperation, destruction and despair: hope evaporated into fog.’ As a general rule, I always think of colons ...
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Colon or comma: there are plenty of options [: , ] from X to Y [duplicate]

Is a comma or a colon the correct punctuation of the following sentence? There are plenty of meals from which to choose /// from pasta to steak. At the break between clauses, denoted by /// it ...
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colon or dash? punctuation

Please suggest the correct punctuation at points 1, 2 and 3 in the following sentence: If you had to write an article, for example, reporting on events in any institution which cares for people (...
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Using a “colon” after “is” or “this”

I've seen this a few times now and it confuses me, especially when my editor does it. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, a colon can only be used where a period could. In other ...
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How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? [duplicate]

How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? For example: Do you capitalize each item and use a colon? This Summer we should: Go to the beach. Eat a sandwich. Visit the library. Do ...
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Is this a complete sentence? Using colons

The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce." But colons must follow an independent clause. So does ...
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Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one?

Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one? A colon instead of a semicolon may be used between independent clauses when the second sentence explains,...
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In American English are the following three examples good to use for colon capitalization useage? [duplicate]

I know that a variant of this question has been asked before, and recalled what my Creative writing teacher told me about when to use capitalization after a colon, by using the following three example ...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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Can a colon be placed at end of page

I'm reviewing a book for a friend. He wrote the sentence, "Tom Smith relays the following anecdote about the his baby's first exposure to the zoo:" Then the page breaks and the anecdote is on the ...

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