CONTACT US

Belk 207
389 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Map
Directions
828.227.2274 tel
828.227.7915 fax
walc@wcu.edu

FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY

 
Colons

The colon creates expectation in a sentence: something significant always follows it. Its specific uses are outlined in the links to the left.

An Explanatory Phrase that Follows a Complete Sentence

-- I've led a sheltered life: I've gone from one shelter to another.
-- Pain stood in the way like a sheet of glass: you could walk through it, but not without a certain noise.

An Appositive

Note: An appositive is a word or phrase that identifies the noun or pronoun preceding it.

--Besides sniffing cigars and snapping suspenders, there was one sure thing to be on the tycoon's agenda: money.
-- I've led a sheltered life: I've gone from one shelter to another.
-- Pain stood in the way like a sheet of glass: you could walk through it, but not without a certain noise.

A Series or List When It Follows a Complete Sentence

--Such are the blessings of which I am fully aware : a mother with wild young hormones; a pasture with satyrs and centaurs; a view of the roving heavens from my trundle bed.
--These are the reasons for his absenteeism: a fear of furniture; an aversion to numbers and dollar signs; a snakebite on his chin.

Chapter or Verse in Biblical References

--Noah's long, wet story begins in Genesis 5:28.

-- Work Cited:
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The New Well-Tempered Sentence. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

 

Copyright by Western Carolina University      •      Cullowhee, NC 28723      •      828.227.7211      •      Contact WCU
Maintained by the Office of Web Services      •      Directions      •      Campus Map      •      Emergency Information      •      Text-Only

Office of Web Services