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Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Designing Sentences Using the Mighty Colon (:)

The colon is a strong punctuation mark that points readers ahead to the rest of the sentence. Colons shouldn’t be overused; perhaps one per page, if that.

Example:  

I begin each day of my life with a ritual:   I wake up about 5am, put on my workout clothes, pour a cup of coffee and head to the gym.

Example:  

The composer Igor Stravinsky did the same thing every morning when he entered his studio to work: he sat at the piano and played a Bach fugue.

Colons have other uses – mostly formatting times, bibliograph entries and similar.

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