Follow a statement that introduces a direct quotation of one or more sentences with a colon:
- This is what the message said: "Call your mother when you get in."
Use a colon after "as follows." If the colon precedes two or more complete sentences, capitalize following the colon; if not, don't:
- Please note as follows: Meetings are held on Tuesday mornings. Bring your ideas and an open mind with you.
- We were instructed as follows: bring your ideas and an open mind with you.
Do not use a colon to introduce a list in running copy:
- The winners of the competition are John Brown, Mary White and Amy Tan. She went to pick up a few things, including coffee, cream, milk and muffins.
Do not use a colon after a preposition to set off the copy that follows, whether horizontally or vertically laid out:
- E-mail any questions to Pamela Frazier, director of budget and financial analysis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send replies to
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200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117