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    Using Punctuation: Colon to Introduce Explanatory Material

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    A colon may be used to introduce a word or words that explain or summarize the main clause.

    There is no future in any job: The future lies in the person who holds the job.

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    Using Punctuation: Colon as a Formal Introduction

    A colon may be used following an independent clause that introduces a formal statement, a question, or a quotation.

    Malcolm Forbes once offered this thought: "Failure is success if we learn from it."

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    Using Punctuation: Colon to Indicate Time and Ratios

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    A colon is used between the parts of a number indicating time and between numbers in a ratio.

    1:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:50 p.m.
    The ratio of managers to workers is 1:15.

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    Using Punctuation: Colon after a Salutation

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    A colon should be used in business communications after salutations and memo headings.

    Dear Mr. Buffet:       To: Jeani Schultz

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    Using Punctuation: Semicolon to Separate Independent Clauses

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    A semicolon is used to separate independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction if one or both of the clauses are long or contain commas.

    Tomorrow afternoon, please use the Main Street entrance; but if it's after 5:00, use the First Street entrance.

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    Using Punctuation: Semicolon to Separate Items in a Series

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    A semicolon is used between items in a series if any of those items already have commas.

    When renting a car, consider your budget restrictions; the model, type, and size of the car required; and any mileage, insurance, or additional charges that may apply.

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