Which of the following is an important rule regarding colon usage?
A. A colon points to an idea in an earlier sentence.
B. A colon can't be used in a question.
C. The words coming before the colon must form a complete sentence.
D. A colon only introduces a list.
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Use a colon to join 2 independent clauses when you wish to emphasize the second clause.
Use a colon after an independent clause when it is followed by a list, a quotation, appositive, or other idea directly related to the independent clause.
Use a colon at the end of a business letter greeting.
Use a colon to separate the hour and minute(s) in a time notation.
Use a colon to separate the chapter and verse in a Biblical reference.
The most important rule though is that the only logical place to put a colon would be where you would put a period. This doesn't mean that a list has to follow a colon. There just usually needs to be a complete sentence or clause before it.
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