Sunday, August 19, 2012

The colon

The colon represents a pause of greater importance than that is expressed by a semicolon. It has the following uses:
To introduce a quotation
Bacon says: ‘Reading makes a full man, writing an exact man, speaking a ready man.’
To introduce an explanation
Mother had to be hospitalized: she had heart trouble.
A colon can introduce a list.
The three forms of an English verb are: the present tense, the past tense and the past participle

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