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The Colon





=39. Formal Quotations
A colon is used to introduce a formal
quotation.

=Right
The author also makes this significant
statement: "There is every reason to believe that
this disease plays a larger part in the production
of idiocy than has hitherto been admitted by writers
on insanity."

=40. Formal Enumerations
In lists of the dead, injured, persons
present, and similar enumerations of particulars, use a colon to
introduce the series.

=Right
Only four patrons appeared in this
morning's police matinee: Chip Owens, Allie McGowan,
Alfonso Blas, and Nick Muskowitz.

=41. Time Indications
In time indications and records place a colon
between hours and minutes, and minutes and seconds: as, Gates open,
2:30; Time, 1:42.

=42. General Usage
In general, use a colon after any word, phrase, or
clause when that which follows explains or makes clear what precedes.




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