Have you ever been confused about when to use a colon as opposed to, say, a dash? When using a colon, think of "as follows." A colon can introduce a series of elements or amplify what came before the colon. Note regarding "as follows": this applies to run-in lists. If you're creating a vertical list (maybe using bullets or numbers), the best way to introduce it is with a a complete grammatical statement. Example: All applications must include the following documents: A colon can be used between independent clauses (acting a lot like a semicolon), BUT use rarely, and ONLY to show that the second clause illustrates or expands the first. And occasionally, you can use a colon instead of a period to introduce a series of sentences. Example: She had several choices: She could...long sentence. She could....second sentence. Or she could...third sentence. Just keep in mind that generally you want to use a colon to give a sense of "as follows." Guidance from Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition (6.59)(6.123)
Archives for September 2011
It's been a good but "different" month with computer breakdowns and seeing tragedy in the lives of people I care about. It was time for a break. Monday my brother and I took a break and drove to the mining town of Jerome, Arizona. We wandered all around, and I felt this was the time to photograph old machinery, vehicles, buildings, etc. We got some great shots and had some good experiences, then headed to Prescott Valley, and then home. Jerome's beauty is obvious...and I hope you enjoy the picture I took (and redigitized) near Ghost Town, which up in the mountains but close to Jerome. More later!