The colon in your body may be doing fine, but what about the mark of punctuation in your writing? Do you ever scratch your head and say to yourself, “A colon or not?”

Here’s a quick cure for that problem. Try substituting the word “namely” for the colon. Read the whole sentence, and if it makes sense, you need a colon.

Example: Three things I love about you: your looks, your brains, and your bank account.

Does the word “namely” work where the colon is? Then use it there and you’ll be right.

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