Fear not, this is not a post about colonoscopies. Here’s how to think about the colon as a punctuation mark: (<—-that’s a colon)
Colons are like the blare of a trumpet (they say, “Ta dah! Here it comes!”). You’ve just written a sentence and you need to expand on it. The original sentence gives you a promise, and what follows the colon is used for three reasons:
- to give an example We needed only one more thing for our party: a good DJ.
- to introduce a quotation My sister’s words were uplifting: “Your haircut is so good, you could be in a shampoo ad.”
- to introduce a list At Trader Joe’s I bought two essential items for dinner: cheese and wine.
That’s all, folks. Pretty simple, isn’t it?