Colon (punctuation)

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 6 Sep 2017

Colons are often used to denote the start of a list, but can also be used within a list to separate a term and its descriptor. Colon use at follows standard English style with no space preceding the colon and a single space after it.

Examples of colon use include a sentence with multiple list options:

  • an item: and a description

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