Can you tell me how to use colons?

Hi there. A colon (:) is different to a semi-colon (;)A colon is used when you're describing something in a sentence or listing something. For example: John told Mary that he needed the following items from the supermarket: bread, jam, honey, and so on.Hope this helps.
Zain S.
05 September 2015
You might also use a colon to explain something, like this: colons are a good way of joining two independent clauses, especially when the the second clause is a result of the first.  For example: (note another use of the colon there, as Zain S also showed in his explanation)She worked extremely hard for her A-Levels: she managed to get into Oxford in the end.You can also use a colon for such purposes as introducing a long quotation - I can explain further if you need more detail?
Sally D.
06 September 2015
Hello Tan123,Colons are used to introduce a list or to introduce a command/add emphasis. Example 1: You will need: a pen, paper and your grammar book.Example 2: Everyone ready: go, go, go!Example 3: I adore fruit: I simply love fruit more than anything!Hope this gets you started. We can discuss this further during our next lesson.Clare
Clare C.
06 September 2015
Hello Tan,Semi-colons and colons are both used to signal relationships between ideas; Colons introduce explanatory information or information that is a restatement of the information preceding the colon; semi-colons introduce additional or contrary information.The following examples illustrate these differences.Colon used to introduce explanatory (or supportive) informationFor example;Working memory, in comparison to long term memory, is limited in terms of capacity: it cannot process as much information as long term memory. and Semi Colon is used in this way Working memory is limited in terms of capacity; it is also limited in terms of duration. used to include extra information I hope this helps you, any further questions please don t hesitate to ask. 
Ali P.
09 September 2015
In using colons in writing this is a punctuation mark that alerts the reader that a series is coming up in the work.  For example:  Jimmy does not like the following vegetables:  carrots, peas, squash, etc.
23 October 2016
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