And there’s a bonus today: You’ll learn a cool way to use a colon.
Yesterday I noted that you can emphasize a fact or idea by putting it at the beginning of a sentence.
Today we’re going to look at another emphasis strategy: Put your fact or idea at the end of the sentence.
I just did it. In fact I’ve done it twice already (see also the first sentence).
This is a twofer because you’re also learning an easy to use a colon.
Here’s how to do it: Write a dramatic sentence. At the end, use a colon instead of a period. Finish with your dramatic ending.
The final gift stunned me: Two plane tickets to New York.
The vet had great news for us: Buffy’s tumor was benign.
Mr. Walker asked me if the report was finished: Oops.
You’ll notice that I use a capital letter after a colon. This one is a judgment call. Some authorities prefer a capital letter, while others like lower case.
Have fun with colons!
|Today’s Quiz ANSWER
The sentence is incorrect. This is a Comma Rule 3 sentence, and it needs two commas, not one.
Here’s the correct sentence:
I asked Jimmy, who had just returned from Afghanistan, to tell us about conditions there. CORRECT