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Colons+Handout+and+Exercises - Colon Handout Usage A colon...

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Colon Handout Usage: A colon calls attention to what follows, and it also separates figures in time references, parts of scriptural references, and titles from subtitles. It generally signals that what follows is important. An independent clause precedes a colon. 1. A colon directs attention to an explanation or summary, a series, or a quotation . a. A colon can introduce a second independent clause that explains or expands the first. (It can sometimes be used to fix a comma splice.) ex. For I had no brain tumor, no eyestrain, no high blood pressure, nothing wrong with me at all: I simply had migraine headaches, and migraine headaches were, as everyone who did not have them knew, imaginary. –Joan Didion b. A colon is not used between a verb and its complement, between a verb and its object, between a preposition and its object, or after “such as.” ex. Many vegetarians do not eat diary products, such as: butter and cheese. c.
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course ENGLISH 125 taught by Professor Decourcy during the Summer '09 term at University of Michigan.

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Colons+Handout+and+Exercises - Colon Handout Usage A colon...

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