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Chapter 16. Punctuation: Commas Are Our ... > The Colon: What a Party Animal - Pg. 163

Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 163 Take My Word for It Place semicolons outside closing quotation marks. For example: We read "Tell-Tale Heart"; we refuse to sleep alone again. The Colon: What a Party Animal Even though the semicolon and the colon walk alike and talk alike, they are not alike. Unlike those annoying twins Patty and Cathy, the colon and the semicolon are not interchangeable. Here's how to use the colon. · Use a colon before a list. Example:The new ice-cream parlor offered a choice of the following flavors of the month: chicken fat ripple, pork and beans, and prime rib chip. · Use a colon before a long quotation, especially a formal one. Example:Abraham Lincoln said: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all