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Lesson 391

Mechanics - Punctuation - Colons

 

Use a colon before listed items that are introduced by such words as the following, as follows, thus, and these; by a number; or by any other expression that "points-out." Example: In high school he played the following sports: baseball, basketball, football and tennis.

 

Use no colon before a list of predicate nominatives, direct objects, or objects of the preposition. A colon should not hinder the natural flow of the sentence. Example: We will need flour, milk, and sugar. (direct objects)

 

Instructions: Place colons where needed.

 

1. You need these guys Will, Boyd, Jeff, and Jim.

 

2. She had three personality flaws pride, selfishness, and a temper.

 

3. The singers will be you, Pam, and Becky.

 

4. For the campout we will need the following things a tent, three sleeping bags, and a gas lantern.

 

5. Next semester I will be taking four courses Algebra II, English Literature, American History, and Biology III.

 

 

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Answers:

 

1. You need these guys: Will, Boyd, Jeff, and Jim.

 

2. She had three personality flaws: pride, selfishness, and a temper.

 

3. No colon needed. They are predicate nominatives

 

4. For the campout we will need the following things: a tent, three sleeping bags, and a gas lantern.

 

5. Next semester I will be taking four courses: Algebra II, English Literature, American History, and Biology III.

 




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