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    Can colon and comma be used at the same sentence?

    Sometimes I use both in the same sentence, but I find it strange in this way. May I know how natives use these punctuation? For example, does the sentence below make sense in English? Many thanks!

    After the first part, a pause should be made by the teacher: we are now going to the second part of the course, so as to help students build a mental outline when listening.

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    Re: Can colon and comma be used at the same sentence?

    Yes, they can, but your sentence is not grammatical (We don't join two sentences with a colon). In fact, any combination of punctuation can work in appropriate sentences.
    "Here is a list of some animals: cat, dog, and horse."

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    Re: Can colon and comma be used at the same sentence?

    How about quoting it?
    After the first part, a pause should be made by the teacher: "we are now going to the second part of the course", so as to help students build a mental outline when listening.

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    Re: Can colon and comma be used at the same sentence?

    'After the first part, a pause should be made by the teacher so as to help students build a mental outline when listening. For example, "We are now going to the second part of the course".'
    This is grammatical, but it doesn't demonstrate any pause made by the teacher, but neither does your version, which is very awkward.
    "We are now going to the second part of the course" is not a pause, if that is what you are implying. A pause, in this context, is an episode of not speaking at all.

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