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Secondary III • 2yr.


When do you use a colon in a sentence?


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    Explanation from Alloprof

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    Team Alloprof • 2yr.


    A colon is mainly used in these two situations: to introduce an explanation and to introduce an enumeration.

    Introducing an explanation:

    • He won't be playing tomorrow: he broke his arm.
    • Esmée had a heartache: she had eaten too much dessert.

    Introducing an enumeration:

    • The store was huge, with all the sweets in the world: lollies, jujubes, chocolates, nougat, etc.
    • Julian speaks 6 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Russian.

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