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### Grade 7 English2.19 Punctuation - Colon (:)

 A colon is used in a sentence to introduce a list or draw attention to information that follows. Colons are also used between the number in time. A colon is used to introduce a list. Examples: Here's what I want you to do: grab my bag, warm up the car, and take me to the station. When you go to the exam, take these items: paper, pencil, and an eraser. After a salutation A colon may be used after the salutation of a business letter. Examples: Dear Ms. Davidson: Dear Mr. Johnson: Between numbers in time A colon is used between the parts of a number which indicates time. Examples: The race begins at 1:30 P.M. The train will arrive at 6:42 P.M. As a formal introduction A colon may be used to introduce an important quotation in a serious report, essay, or news story. Examples: President Lincoln concluded the Gettysburg Address with these famous words: ''.....a government of the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.'' Directions: Choose if each sentence is punctuated correctly or incorrectly. Write two more examples for each of the punctuation rules given above. As a homework, read a book and find sentences containing colons.
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