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    Using Punctuation: Colon to Introduce Explanatory Material

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    A colon may be used to introduce a word or words that explain or summarize the main clause.

    There is no future in any job: The future lies in the person who holds the job.

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.

    Using Punctuation: Colon as a Formal Introduction

    A colon may be used following an independent clause that introduces a formal statement, a question, or a quotation.

    Malcolm Forbes once offered this thought: "Failure is success if we learn from it."

    For more business-writing tips, browse our blog or use the search box atop the page. Or purchase our handy Proofreader's Guide ebook or Write for Business handbook.