Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grammatically Yours - The Colon Loves Separations (3/3)

So far, the colon has loved lists, and it has loved introductions. Today, we are going to talk about how the colon loves separations. These rules are probably the absolute easiest when dealing with colon usage.

Rule #3

Use colons to separate hours and minutes within a reference of time.

9:30 A.M.        6:45 P.M.

Rule #4

Use colons to make a clear, formal separation between the salutation and the body of a business letter.

Dear Sir:         Dear Ms. Truffle:

Rule #5

Use colons to separate the chapters and verses of a Biblical reference.

Esther  4:14               Philippians 4:13

Rule #6

Use colons to separate titles from subtitles.

Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction

Rule #7

Use colons for separation within a ratio.

6:1      9:4

As I said in part one, there are other grammatical uses for the colon; however, these seven rules are some of the most common. I hope you all have enjoyed this three-part series! If you have a question and/or comment, or if you simply have a request for a future Grammatically Yours post, feel free to leave it in the comment box below. Thank you for reading!


Day Three: The Colon Loves Separations <you are here>


  1. Thanks for this! I appreciate knowing something I didn't know about colon use! :) <--including smileys lol

    1. You're welcome, Jack! I'm so glad you enjoyed the series! And yes....aren't smileys the best? :)