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Glossary :: Punctuation

 

Colon in the English Language

 

The colon is a punctuation mark used in the English language and in many other languages. Colon is represented by the symbol of ‘:’.

 

The main purpose of using the colon is to make the reader take a pause while reading and this is required very much in the event of using long sentences. It has other uses as well.

 

It is used before a word, phrase, or clause that extends or amplifies what is stated before it.

 

Example:

 

She did something very different this year: took to fashion designing and gave up her regular job.

 

What an unusual traveling experience: enchanting and thrilling at the same time.

 

It is placed after a formal greeting in correspondence.

 

Example:

 

Dear Daniel:

 

Colon is used to separate titles and subtitle of books and other publications.

 

Example:

 

The Beauty of One-Stoke Painting: Painting Classics

Timeless Classics: Children’s Fiction

 

It is used after the headings in memorandums.

 

Example:

 

FROM:

SUBJECT:

 

It is used to express the time of day.

 

Example:

 

3:30 a.m

5:00 p.m

 

It is used to express proportions and ratios

 

Example:

 

1:1:1

2:1

 

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