Misuse Of Colon
A colon should not separate a noun from its verb, a verb from its object or subject complement, a preposition from its object, nor a subject from its predicate. If you are unsure, it would be better to leave the colon out than misuse it.
The four directions are: north, south, east and west.
While this sentence does have a list, the colon is incorrectly used because it separates the verb are from its object north, south, east and west. The colon could be removed, or the sentence could be re-written to use the colon properly (with an independent clause on one side of the colon and the list on the other side).
There are four directions: north, south, east and west.
When I graduate, I want to go to: Rome, Israel and Egypt.
The colon should be removed from this sentence because it separates the preposition to from its objects Rome, Israel and Egypt.
Michael like desserts such as: cake, cookies and doughnuts.
Such as doesn’t require a colon after it.
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