English Learner Article The Colon

Summary: How to use the colon in English.

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When do we use the colon in English?

1) To introduce quotes

A colon can be used before a quote, especially if the quote is given on a separate line.

  • A quote can be introduced like this:

    Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote Quote
    (Source)

2) Before a list

A colon can introduce a list in a sentence.

  • A list can be introduced like this: item, item,item.

3) Before an explanation

A colon can introduce an explanation.

  • The police made several arrests: there was a lot of trouble after the match.

4) To separate titles from sub-headings.

  • Punctuation: the colon.
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