Colons: The Reckoning

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"[...] colons introduce the part of a sentence that ememplifies, restates, elaborates, undermines, explains or balances the preceding part" (Truss 120). 

This is useful information to know.  Personally, I rarely ever use colons in my writing.  Colons seem to be a niche breed of language these days; I only spot them in book or movie titles.  Perhaps the colon will more respect in the future.

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I used this same quote. I rarely use colon and semicolons. I never know when to use a semicolon so I just avoid it. I have only seen colons in plays after the speaker's name and in movies titles.

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