Colons are a sophisticated punctuation choice that allow you to signal
relationships between ideas. A colon suggests that the information following
it will support, explain or restate the information that was presented
The information following the colon can be
Girls who are in the permanent custody of their mothers showed lower self esteem
: normal social and emotional development results from interaction
with both parents (Ellis & Watyer, 1999).
a list of words.
During WW2 Australian women formed four major auxiliary war services
: the Women's Royal Australian Navy, the Women's Auxiliary Australian
Airforce, the Australian Women's Army Service, and the Australian Women's Land Army.
or even a sentence fragment
There are two options which would alleviate the detrimental effects associated with
the split attention effect
: reducing the extraneous load on working memory or increasing its processing capacity.
Note that the colon is the only punctuation mark that can introduce a
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