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Most professional writers punctuate differently than most amateurs do: amateurs usually limit themselves to periods and commas; professionals use all the marks—and use them in more ways!

Punctuating well gives your writing two important advantages:

  • It helps your readers successfully navigate your sentences—so they won't get lost.
  • It shows your readers what you wish to emphasize.

This web site doesn't overwhelm you with all the rules of punctuation. Instead, it looks at the rules you probably need to know.

I suggest you go through the web site in order. Let's start with the colon.

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