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

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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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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use a colon and a question mark at the same time?

What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example? Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [...
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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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Use of comma and dash

Which is correct? Please explain this? The system works by making ice at night, when lower power usage means energy is cheaper and lower temperatures require less power to freeze water. The system ...