Colon

Examples Help! What is the definition of Colon?

How do you define Colon? When to use a Colon? What are the rules for using one? The definition of this punctuation mark is as follows:

 

Punctuation Mark - Definition of a Colon
Definition: The colon is a punctuation mark (:) which is used to direct attention to matter (such as a list, an explanation, a quotation, or amplification) that follows.
Punctuation Mark - Definition

When to use the Colon - the Rules

When to use the Colon with examples:

  • It is generally put at the end of a sentence introducing a long quotation: "The cheers having subsided, Mr. Bryan spoke as follows:"
  • It is placed before an explanation or illustration of the subject under consideration: "This is the meaning of the term:"
  • A direct quotation formally introduced is generally preceded by a colon: "The great orator made this funny remark:"
  • The colon is often used in the title of books when the secondary or subtitle is in apposition to the leading one and when the conjunction or is omitted: "Acoustics: the Science of Sound."
  • It is used after the salutation in the beginning of letters: "Sir: My dear Sir: Gentlemen: Dear Mr. Jones:" etc. In this connection a dash very often follows the colon.
  • It is sometimes used to introduce details of a group of things already referred to in the mass: "The boy's excuses for being late were: firstly, he did not know the time, secondly, he was sent on an errand, thirdly, he tripped on a rock and fell by the wayside."

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Colon

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