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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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Punctuation is the basic element of English grammar and without it a sentence is not only incomplete but also insensible. There are various marks of punctuation that are used in sentences to give them more meaning and make it easier for the reader to understand. If we omit these punctuation marks from a sentence we will be left hanging. Also, without a punctuation mark a sentence can have various meanings and the reader might assume the meaning the writer is not conveying.

Today I will talk about the punctuation mark called colon and its usage in English language.

Denotation:

The punctuation mark colon is denoted by two small dots vertically parallel to each other or the symbol (:).

Colon:

A colon is used in English language after a statement like an independent clause.

Example:

He assured this: the organization will relapse.

In English language a colon is also employed when listing a number of things together in a sentence.

Example:

The wings came with three toppings: honey mustard, ranch and barbeque.

In mathematics, a ratio is separated by the use of colons.

Examples

3:3, 7:5

Colon is also used to indicate two clauses that depict the same idea or notion and is used between them.

Example:

Right brought up create feminists: everyone who believe that women are equal to men.

 

 

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