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Colon

colon

The job of the colon is simple: to introduce.

1. Use a colon to introduce a list:

2. Actually, you can use a colon to introduce a single item, especially when you want to emphasize that item:

3. Use a colon to introduce direct speech or a quotation:

4. Use a colon to introduce an explanation:

5. Use a colon to introduce examples, as shown above. For example, item 1 above reads "Use a colon to introduce a list" and ends with a colon followed by two example sentences.