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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Criminal Sentence 379: Colon-itis

Here is an example of an incorrect colon:

"Some common misconceptions are: a, b and c."

Just a space, please. It's the same thing with "include":

"Some common misconceptions include: a, b and c."

And definitely don't use a semicolon there!


ChildsPlay said...

My reaction is: good blog. ;)

The Sentence Sleuth said...


Cong said...

I think colon is not supposed to be use after a verb.

Anonymous said...

In British English, I think they switch the use of colon with a semi-colon. At least, that's how I interpret when I come across the "error."