What are Colons? - Definition & Examples


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Which of the following punctuation marks is a colon?

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1. In its most common usage, the colon typically follows what grouping of words?

2. Which of the following is NOT something that colons are typically used to introduce?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How much do you know about the uses of colons in grammar? This interactive quiz and printable worksheet can help you find out! Use these assessments to determine your understanding of the purpose of colons in grammar. The quiz and worksheet also examine your ability to use colons in specific scenarios. Questions are presented in a multiple-choice format that asks you to select the best answer of four.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments gauge your ability to:

  • Identify the appearance of the colon
  • Describe when colons are commonly used in grammar
  • Pinpoint scenarios when colons are used correctly

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the appropriate uses of colons in grammar
  • Interpreting information - verify that after reading how to use colons in grammar you can recognize their correct usage in examples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the appearance of the colon

Additional Learning

Better understand how colons are used in grammar by reviewing the short lesson called What are Colons? - Definition & Examples. In this lesson, the following is covered:

  • Why the colon is often misused
  • Differences between dependent and independent clauses
  • Definition of an appositive
  • Special uses of colons