Colons? What are "Colons" ?

By~ Vantasia Tolbert

What is a Colon?

A colon is a type of punctuation mark consisting of two equally sized dots centered on the same vertical line. They are used to end or start a enumeration.

{Enumeration- a numbered list}

Uses of a Colon~

1) Use colons after a complete sentence to introduce a list of items.

You may be required to bring many items: sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing.

2) Use a colon to introduce a direct quotation.

The author of Touched, Jane Straus, wrote in the first chapter:

3) Use a colon to follow the salutation of a business letter.

Dear Ms. Rodriguez:

~Example Sentences~

She went back to her house to pick up: shorts, a t-shirt, and some shoes.

I want an assistant who can do the following: input data, write reports, and complete tax forms.

Punctuation: the colon