|When to Use the Colon: |
A colon is stronger than a comma or a semicolon.
A colon should not be confused with a semicolon, a colon is much stronger.
The colon separates a sentence with 2 independent clauses whereby the second clause provides additional meaning to the first:
1. Swimming is something my whole family loves: we are all very
2. I have everything I need to go swimming: now I?m just waiting
on my instructor to take me.
Use a colon in time expressions:
1. It is 2:30
Use a colon at the beginning of a list or title:
1. Dennis only has one friend: Doug.
2. There are four seasons: summer, fall, winter and spring.
After salutations or in business letters:
1. Dear Mr. Jones: