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10.11: Colons: Use them right

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  • Colons can be used in a sentence to replace words like, “for example” or “namely.” Check it out:

    YES: Teachers have a lot on their plates: planning class lessons, executing on those lessons, and grading.

    NO: Teachers have a lot on their plates, for example: planning class lessons, executing on those lessons, and grading.

    Colons can also be used to separate out titles with their subtitles, as was done for this chapter’s section title.

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