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Colons increase the clarity of your writing

By 15 November 2017Language Tips

Colons add clarity to writing.

Using colons effectively can show your reader that you have a high understanding of English punctuation.

The simplest way to use a colon is at the beginning of a list. In the example above, a colon appears before a list of nutritional content the patient requires in their diet. It could also be a list of symptoms or medication or ways of supporting the patient.

The colon comes at the start of the list and each item in the list is separated by a comma with the final two items separated by ‘and’. Here’s another example.

It would be appreciated if you could demonstrate: a safe way to mobilise with crutches, shower and get up from a standing position.