So call me a stickler, but grammar matters.
Every now and then, I’m going to be posting Grammar Bits – short, helpful and/or interesting grammar tidbits. Although I believe in the importance of grammar, I do not believe in the technique of overloading readers with long lists of grammatical errors and ways to fix them. I will not be doing that here. I’d rather have someone take away with them one thing about grammar – and possibly learn from it – than feel as though they can’t be bothered to scour a never ending list.
Also, because Grammar Bit is a new addition to my blog, feedback is most definitely welcome!
A colon (typically) follows a complete sentence.
Note - I say “typically” because there are, of course, other uses for colons – separation between a novel’s title and subtitle, citing biblical passages, etc.
EX. I have one word for you: zombies.
When used incorrectly, a complete sentence does not precede the colon.
EX. I like a lot of books and they are: Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. etc.
“I like a lot of books and they are” is not a complete sentence, and therefore a colon should not be used directly after.