Yes. We’re talking about the punctuation mark ‘:’ and not part of the digestive system! Like many other punctuation marks, it has more than one job.
It can be used to break up a sentence when the second half of the sentence explains, or adds to, the information in the first part of the sentence.
Eventually, he told us his secret: the old beggar was, in fact, a very rich man.
It took all day: only two men were working.
It can be used to introduce a quotation.
Mercutio made his injury sound less serious: ‘Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch.’
Colonel Mustard said: ‘I’m shocked. I can’t believe that Reverend Green has been murdered.’
It can be used to introduce a list
This country has been involved in many wars: the Civil War, the Napoleonic War, the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.
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