PEARSON ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Advanced Composition: Mastering the Colon
April 20, 2000
As many of you know, a colon means "as follows." The colon,
when used sparingly, can be a good way to emphasize a point in your
paragraph. Let's practice this important punctuation mark today.
Uses of the Colon
|Use a colon to introduce and emphasize a series of items at the end
of your sentence. I like three kinds of hamburgers: Wendy's Big Bacon
Classic, Harvey's Bacon with Cheese, and my own backyard barbecued
|Use a colon to emphasize a single point. He has one major problem:
his grammar. |
|Special notes: Use dashes for a list in the middle of a sentence.
The three cars he drives—the Jaguar, the BMW, and the Mercedes
Benz—are worth in excess of 200,000 dollars. Do not substitute a
colon for a semicolon. I was impressed by his actions; however, I find
him short-tempered most of the time.|
Almost everyone has a few problems that need a solution. Write a short
paragraph about three problems you expect to solve within the next 60 days
(in other words, small problems not big ones!) Use two sentences with
colons: one with a list of the three problems, the other that emphasizes a
single point. If you can, use a semicolon in a sentence, too. See teacher
writing sample on this topic.
had one big problem: his heel!
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