Would the Punctuation Police please assist me in using the colon properly?
Sometimes a colon is used to separate two related clauses. I hope that you don't mind a little recursion here. My question is this: Is it correct to capitalize the first letter of the second clause, as I have done in this sentence? Some writers are staunch 'capitalists', while others are 'anti-capitalists'. I'm slightly confused about this.
A colon is most commonly used before a list of items separated by commas. A colon can be used instead of a comma before a formal quotation within the customary pair of quotation marks. Furthermore, a colon can be used to introduce something conclusive at the sentence's end, so it's like a dash in those cases.
It is said that to capitilise or not is optional, I have always gone for small case , a colon isn't the end of a sentance, it isn't a full stop.
It is my understanding that if the part after the colon is a complete sentence you can do either, just as long as you are consistent throughout the entire piece. If it isn't a complete sentence than you do not capitalize it.
Specific style guides have different rules, so if your are writing something which needs to follow a style guide, you'll have to find their rule. Otherwise just be consistent.
I'd like to thank everyone who answered this question. I'm more confident about using colons now.
Though I suppose people would use a colon for just about anything, I will list the times when I use one:
- when I make a list of things
- listing things I make
- and a list making I
Yes, that right, when there is more then one thing to list in the subject matter of a sentence.
by Laura Tykarski 5 years ago
Do you put the punctuation inside the parenthesis or outside when you end your sentence?The reason I ask is that it appears to apply differently with many people. I was always taught to put it inside. People have told me that in England it is done this way. Others have said it belongs...
by edelhaus 7 years ago
http://hubpages.com/hub/mulled-wine-recipescomments are appreciated.thanks!
by Rob Welsh 8 years ago
http://hubpages.com/hub/Life-Circles-Po … r-a-FriendThis is a collection of various poems that has been published here for a while and has received some excellent comments that I want you to ignore for this exercise....This is not a commercial hub... this is a mixture of poems, by someone...
by Mrinal Saha 5 years ago
Please please please help !! hub is not published?I have written a hub http://hub.me/afG03, but sadly it's not getting published. content is more video and image rich and have more than 900+ fresh words. I think it;s one of my best work but it has score of 57. Please help , I want to know...
by Nicholas Nelson 5 years ago
Grammatically speaking, should one place two spaces or one following a mark of punctuation?
by Siddhartha Speaks 2 years ago
Hi Hubbers,I'd like some help with passing the Quality Assessment Process. Will you please give feedback on my Hub All about Hailing Mother India (must be signed in to view). What can I do to improve? Thanks!
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|