We recently told you how and when to correctly use a semicolon (click here for that post), so today we're going to dig into the proper uses of a colon.
WHEN TO USE A COLON
1. To introduce a list, an appositive, or a quotation (must be after an independent clause, or a clause that can stand on its own)
WHEN NOT TO USE A COLON (Remember, in order to use a colon, you must first have an independent clause!)
1. After a verb that is introducing its object/complement
This list might seem overwhelming at first, but the most important thing to remember is that you can only use a colon if the preceding clause is independent and can stand on its own as a sentence. If you've got that, the rest will usually fall into place.
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