Many ESL students here at Hancock International College don’t make the full use of punctuation symbols like the colon, which is the two free standing dots that looks like this “:”. There are many uses for the colon that ESL students can take advantage of. Grammar-monster.com, a great website for grammar explanations, breaks down how to use the colon in their post titled “Using Colons”.
“Colons are used:
To extend a sentence to expand on something previously mentioned in the sentence (e.g., I’m looking for just one personal trait: discipline.
After an introduction (e.g., I’ve seen the following: ants, a cockroach, and a rat.
In references, times, and titles (e.g., Read Genesis 1:1 before 07:30.
With quotations (e.g., He said: ‘Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.’”
Check out the following URL to see explanations on the above examples of using colons!
Full Article: https://www.grammar-monster.com/punctuation/using_colons.htm
Idiom of the Day
Meaning: a general estimate.
Example: John says, “I am not quite sure how expensive the car is.”
Ethan replies, “Can you give me a ballpark figure?”
John says, “Oh, maybe about $30,000?”
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