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    period / colon

    In the underlined part of the following paragraphs, which punctuation mark is acceptable, a period or a colon?


    1. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of many people. Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?

    2. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of many people:Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Apr-2013 at 12:13. Reason: Deleting 'a' before 'typical'.

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    Re: period / colon

    I'd use the version with the full stop.

    Note that a colon is not normally followed by a capital letter.

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    Re: period / colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note that a colon is not normally followed by a capital letter.
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    ... letter or preceded by a space (?).

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    Re: period / colon

    The OP didn't precede the colon by a space.

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    Re: period / colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The OP didn't precede the colon by a space.
    Oh? My copy reads:

    ".....typical of many people. Living a privileged...."
    ".....typical of many people : Living a privileged...."

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    Re: period / colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    In the underlined part of the following paragraphs, which punctuation mark is acceptable, a period or a colon?


    1. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of many people. Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?

    2. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of many people:Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?
    A side note: A concern cannot be typical of many people. Their concern is typical of that of many people.

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    Re: period / colon

    I rewrote the sentences as following. Are they acceptable?

    1. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of that of many people. Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?

    2. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of that of many people:living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?

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    Re: period / colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    I rewrote the sentences as following. Are they acceptable?

    1. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of that of many people. Living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?

    2. Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of that of many people:living a privileged and pampered life, in a competitive environment governed by exams, isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic?
    I wouldn't write it that way. First, the question at the end is awkward; it's not prepared for. You'd expect a statement. Second, you'd expect that Huang and Lee were living privileged and pampered lives until you got to the end, and re-read the sentence. I'd write:
    "Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern is typical of that of many people: isn't the next generation likely to be apathetic, given the privileged and pampered life they lead in a competitive environment governed by exams?"
    Last edited by Raymott; 14-Apr-2013 at 05:19. Reason: space after colon

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    Re: period / colon

    Would the following also work, grammatically:

    "Huang Chun-ming and Lee Chia-tung's concern, typical of that of many people, is that the next generation is likely to be apathetic, given the privileged and pampered life they lead in a competitive environment governed by exams."

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    Re: period / colon

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note that a colon is not normally followed by a capital letter.
    I believe it's more used in some variants than BrE, where it is unusual/wrong.

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