One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
There are three main uses of the colon:
- between two main clauses in cases where the second clause explains or follows from the first:
It wasn’t easy: to begin with, I had to find the right house.
- to introduce a list:
- before a quotation, and sometimes before direct speech:
The headline read: ‘Taxi Driver Battles Gangsters’.
They shouted: ‘Our families are starving! We need land!’
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