Punctuation - Lesson #3

We will study how to use colons (:) in this lesson. Let's look at the different ways that we use colons when we write in English. We usually put two spaces after a colon.

1. List of items
  • Here are the things that we will need: eggs, flour, sugar, milk, and chocolate.
  • Don't forget to bring: extra socks, some water, a hat, sunscreen, and a flashlight.
2. Separate a sentence from supporting information. This is not very common.
  • She won a prize: first place in the piano contest.
Punctuation is essential for writing in English. Punctuation helps you express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a way that is easy for the reader to understand.