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Colon Do's and Don'ts

DO use a colon

> To set off an example

  • I only have found one problem with working and going to school:  trying to figure out how to create a 48-hour day.

> To introduce a series, list or quotation

  • Your job duties will include the following:  transporting clients to and from medical appointments, running a life skills group, and managing the budget for the group home.

DO NOT use a colon

> Between a verb and its object or a preposition and its object.  Complete the thought before you type the colon.

Incorrect: Your job duties will include: transporting clients to and from medical appointments, running a life skills group, and managing the budget for the group home.

Correct: Your job duties will include transporting clients to and from medical appointments, running a life skills group, and managing the budget for the group home.

--or--

Your job duties will include the following:  transporting clients to and from medical appointments, running a life skills group, and managing the budget for the group home.

Incorrect:  As soon as  I graduate, I am looking forward to: a cruise to the islands, a visit to my parents in Alabama, and sleeping in on Saturdays.

Correct:  As soon as  I graduate, I am looking forward to a cruise to the islands, a visit to my parents in Alabama, and sleeping in on Saturdays.