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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (June 12, 2007)

Improve Your Writing: Use Colons!

I rarely see colons in my students' work. Since it is a very handy mark and one that shows a higher level understanding of punctuation, I advise you to learn to use it well.

Colons are useful marks. One thing you can do with a colon: emphasize something! We also need it when we make a list. Here are three good punctuation marks we can use to improve our writing: the colon, the semicolon and the dash.

Remember, use such marks sparingly. Too many colons are like too much salt. Not very tasty! For more information see The Guide to Grammar and Writing: The Colon


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