What Are Colons? (with Examples)

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What Are Colons? (with Examples)

The colon (:) is a common punctuation mark. It is also called the full colon.

Listed below are the uses for the colon.

Use a Colon with an Appositive at the end of a Sentence

You can use a colon to expand on something previously mentioned in the sentence. (The words after the colon are called an appositive.) For example:
  • His influence is obvious in two buildings: the local church and pavilion.
  • (In this example, the local church and pavilion is the appositive of two buildings.)