This section of Exploring English describes use of the colon ( : ) punctuation mark.
Used to introduce a series, a list, or an example:
The teams in the play-offs were as follows: New York, Cleveland, New England, and Denver.
Used to separate hours from minutes when indicating time:
Used to introduce a formal statement:
This is the final Truth: The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.
[Frank Zappa knew what that meant]
Used after a formal salutation:
Dear Madam President:
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