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Subject: [APG] Punctuation - 'The children were:'
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 12:30:49 -0500
More and more I'm seeing what I consider to be errors in the use of a
colon in genealogy reports, commonly in the phrase preceding a display
list of children 'The children were:' .
The rules I learned 40 years ago for colons with a display list were
- the lead-in text must be an independent clause,
- you do not use a colon between a verb and its object or complement,
or between a preposition and its object,
- you do not use a colon after 'like'.
Have the rules changed?
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