Punctuation Part II

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011 in

D.     Colons ( : )
A colon is a punctuation mark that usually signals that something is to follow. The colon is never used directly after a verb or a preposition.
1.    Use a colon before list of items, especially after expression like as follows and the following
A search showed that Jack’s pocket contain the following: a knife, half an apple, a piece of gum, and a bottle of mineral water.
2.    Use a colon between the hour and the minute when you write the time
8:30 a.m.                                 10:30 p.m.
3.    Use a colon after a salutation of a business letter
Dear Sir:                                  Dear Mrs. :

E.     Italic or Underline ( word or word )
1.    Use Italic or underline for titles of books, periodicals, works of art, ships, and so on.
Harry Potter is my favorite novel.
One of most famous movies ever made is Ketika Cinta Bertasbih.

F.     Quotation marks ( “…” )
When a person’s exact words are used in writing, it is customary too use quotation marks to show where the question begins and end.
1.    Use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation
“When the bell rings,“ said the teacher, “leave the class quietly.“
2.    A direct quotation begins with a capital letter
Maria said, “The frame isn’t strong enough.“
3.    When a quoted sentence is divided into two parts by an interrupting expression ( he said, mother said, and replied the principal ), the second part begins with a small letter.
“The time has come, “ insisted the speaker, “to improve our education program.“
4.    A direct quotation is set off from the rest of the sentence by commas.
I asked, “What’s your name? “
5.    A period or a comma following a quotation should be place inside the closing quotation marks
The man replied, “I’m ready.”

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