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Grade 7 English
2.19 Punctuation - Colon (:)

A colon is used in a sentence to introduce a list or draw attention to information that follows. Colons are also used between the number in time.
  • A colon is used to introduce a list.
    Examples:
    Here's what I want you to do: grab my bag, warm up the car, and take me to the station.
    When you go to the exam, take these items: paper, pencil, and an eraser.

  • After a salutation
    A colon may be used after the salutation of a business letter.
    Examples:
    Dear Ms. Davidson: Dear Mr. Johnson:

  • Between numbers in time
    A colon is used between the parts of a number which indicates time.
    Examples:
    The race begins at 1:30 P.M.
    The train will arrive at 6:42 P.M.

  • As a formal introduction
    A colon may be used to introduce an important quotation in a serious report, essay, or news story.
    Examples:
    President Lincoln concluded the Gettysburg Address with these famous words: ''.....a government of the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.''

Directions: Choose if each sentence is punctuated correctly or incorrectly. Write two more examples for each of the punctuation rules given above. As a homework, read a book and find sentences containing colons.
Q 1: The compass had four directions: north, south, east and west.
correct
incorrect

Q 2: The vase contains beautiful flowers: roses, tulips, and daffodils.
correct
incorrect

Q 3: At the end of the race, Jill was exhausted: her legs were aching, she was sweating but overjoyed to have won.
correct
incorrect

Q 4: My brother likes oranges: my sister hates them.
correct
incorrect

Q 5: The show begins at 4:30 p.m. today.
incorrect
correct

Q 6: The daily newspaper contains four sections; news, sports, entertainment, and classified ads.
correct
incorrect

Q 7: You will need the following materials: some scrap paper; a pen, preferably blue or black; some envelopes; and some good, white, unlined writing paper.
incorrect
correct

Q 8: Motorcycles are used for the following reasons: transportation, recreation, and racing events.
incorrect
correct

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