Colons: The Quiz

Are you ready? Woman up, ’cause here it comes. Place a colon where you think it should be in the following sentences. Some sentences may require editing before they are colon ready.

  1. My mom gave me a monster back-to-school list this year two iPads, nine notebooks, one laptop, and five leather knapsacks.
  2. I still can’t believe what our congresswoman said “Don’t vote until you know the candidates.”
  3. There are so many examples of fantastic Greek food, I don’t even know where to begin. Grilled octopus, baklava, gyros, and grilled lamb, for starters.
  4. Some say Sam has traveled to a lot of places, including Antigua, Barcelona, Bulgaria, and Hanoi.
  5. There’s only one word I think of when I think of Melania Trump which is hot.
  6. Our CEO guaranteed us one thing, she wouldn’t follow through with the proposed layoffs.
  7. If you only take away one thing from this seminar, let it be that hard work pays off.
  8. She actually said it. Buy 20 pineapples!
  9. Dr. Seuss really knows how to string words together into something spectacular. “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
  10. Alyssa has what many say is a socially acceptable vice, food.

Answers:

  1. My mom gave me a monster back-to-school list this year: two iPads, nine notebooks, one laptop, and five leather knapsacks.
  2. I still can’t believe what our congresswoman said: “Don’t vote until you know the candidates.”
  3. There are so many examples of fantastic Greek food, I don’t even know where to begin: grilled octopus, baklava, gyros, and grilled lamb, for starters.
  4. Some say Sam has traveled to a lot of places, including Antigua, Barcelona, Bulgaria, and Hanoi. This sentence is fine without a colon, but could be changed to the following: Some say Sam has traveled to a lot of places: Antigua, Barcelona, Bulgaria, and Hanoi.
  5. There’s only one word I think of when I think of Melania Trump: hot.
  6. Our CEO guaranteed us one thing: She wouldn’t follow through with the proposed layoffs.
  7. If you only take away one thing from this seminar, let it be that hard work pays off. This sentence is fine without a colon, but could be changed to the following: If you only take away one thing from this seminar, let it be this: Hard work pays off.
  8. She actually said it: Buy 20 pineapples!
  9. Dr. Seuss really knows how to string words together into something spectacular: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
  10. Alyssa has what many say is a socially acceptable vice: food.

 

 

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