Unit 11.1

Colon

Introduction

The colon is a punctuation mark composed by two dots in a vertical line. It is used in different situations.

Form

The symbol of colon is  :
It is composed by two dots in a vertical line.

Example

  • to emphasise an element
    • You know what you should do now: study.
    • He received what he wanted: a pair of warm socks.
    • David has always wanted to do one thing: to move out.
  • In direct speech
    • She said: ‘I don’t want you to act like this when the children are around.’
    • The teacher said: ‘Close your books.’
    • My boss explained: ‘You have to follow the rules.’

Use

We use the colon:

  •  to emphasise an element of the sentence
  • In direct speech

Related

At A1 level you can take a look at these:

At A2 level you can take a look at these:

At B1 level you can take a look at these:

At B2 level you can take a look at these:

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Exercises

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Translations

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