Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2016     Views: 207

Colons are punctuation marks used to separate parts of sentences. Colons are only used after an independent clause (complete sentence), usually to set off a list or give emphasis to a statement. See the Writing Center's page on colons for when colons should be used as punctuation. 

 

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