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Where Do I use a Colon?

Colon is mainly used when we begin any list. “Bring the following tomorrow: pen, pencil, certificate and your identity card.” In this sentence I used a a colon in the beginning of the list.

You can also use colon when you use a direct quotation of more than five lines. Here is an example: The post in the first day of Read Faster said:

    At first, read the headings and sub-headings. This will give you a faint idea about the article. Then make a mental note of the important words that occur in the title of the document. Then, think about what the article might contain. Finally, scan the document itself. Do not try to read it. Just try to take a mental photograph of the article. Make a mental note of the areas where information is dense.
You can also use a colon in the beginning of a letter:

Dear Mr Ron:

Mrs McCarthy:
You can also a colon to separate the hours and minutes when you express time.

Author: Jims Varkey
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