Friday, November 2, 2012

Use of the Colon

(This post comes from Susan Titus Osborn.)

Use a colon to introduce an item in a series of items to describe or amplify what went before the colon.

* Sarah's exercise program involves three objects: a stationary bicycle, an exercise ball, and two-pound weights.

The colon may be used instead of the period to introduce a series of related sentences.

* Karen was faced with a difficult choice: Should she tell her husband what happened to the car? Or should she remain silent and get it fixed herself?

Colons are also used in URLs, but no space precedes or follows a colon in this case.

Susan Titus Osborn is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. She has authored 30 books. You can reach her at,

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