Please let me know if the colon is used properly in the following sentence.


"At Smith College, I would like to explore two fields that I am extremely passionate about: Information Systems and Business."


If not, would a comma be better or should I rewrite the sentence?


asked Dec 01 '13 at 12:53 Karen New member

Strict grammarians discourage ending a sentence in a preposition, but it's more custom than a hard and fast rule. 'I would like to explore two fields about which I am extremely passionate.' would be more proper, but it's almost pretentious.

Lewis NeidhardtDec 01 '13 at 18:56

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Yes, this is correct. The colon gives the reader the expectation that something else is coming to further explain the sentence. You want to make sure that the preceding words make a complete sentence that can stand on its own.

link answered Dec 01 '13 at 13:03 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

So the sentence "...I am extremely passionate about." can stand alone? Can you end a sentence in "about"?

KarenDec 01 '13 at 14:06

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