The Colon

This page was first published on the 5th of April, 2014 and last updated on the 12th of May, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

The colon is a punctuation mark or punctuation device which helps writers to better express themselves. The colon is placed at the end of the first part of a sentence to indicate that what is coming next will “prove” or “support” what was said in the first part of the sentence.

Here are some examples:

John is a very strong guy: he won all the races.

Mary is really intelligent: she answered every question correctly.

Don’t think anyone gets away with doing evil: God never sleeps.

A colon is also used to precede a list of items after the first part of a sentence.

I want the following items: pencil, eraser, writing pads.

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