A big thanks to all my readers who posted their answers to the question: “In which ways may a colon be used?”
Everyone who posted had at least one correct answer, but the winner of this round goes to Becca Gresko who had four correct answers. Mad props and a fist bump to you, madam!
Here are five main ways to use a colon:
1. Use a colon to emphasize or expand on a statement in a sentence. This includes giving special attention to a piece of information or introducing a list.
Ex. I finally decided on a name for my new puppy: Grizzly.
Ex. When I went to the zoo last week, I saw all of my favorite animals: lions, tigers, and bears. Oh My!
2. Use a colon in the salutation of a business letter.
Ex. Dear Attorney Bob Loblaw:
3. Use a colon to separate the hour and minute when using numerals to show time.
Ex. I woke up this morning at 6:00 a.m.
4. Use a colon to separate the title from a subtitle in a book.
Ex. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
5. Use a colon to separate the chapter and verse when referencing a religious text.
(My two favorite scriptures to use as examples in class.)
That’s Not All, Folks
Of course, the colon is a fairly flexible punctuative writing organ, so there are other acceptable uses as well, such as:
Introducing a quote in reference
Ex. It was Mahatma Ghandi who said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Writing ratios in mathematics, science, and music notation
1:5 (one out of five)
4:4 (four four time)
Thanks for reading this installment of: “Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader?”