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: Colon

The following gives two main uses of the colon. Advice about a further use is available in the Development Level.

Before a list

In a list, you put a colon before the list starts and a semicolon (;) between each item (you can also use commas, slightly differently - see comma: in a list).


The features which make a film successful seem to include: a star actor or actress; exciting images; action; humour; a good story.

In titles

A colon can be used between the main title and the sub-title of a book.


The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion.

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