Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: She went to the store to buy: duct tape, rope, a shovel, and a saw.
No. Either remove the colon or complete the idea before it by adding a group as an object like "... a few things:" or "... the following:".
Am I the only one worried less about the grammar and more about what she’s up to?
good observation 😂
Nope. I have erased her from my life. She’s dead to me. Dead you hear, JLe, dead lol. You keep getting deader all the time.. lol 😂😂😂😂😂👍🏻
No, that’s how certain people type. We call The those people retards
Oof, that is an unfortunate comment to have typos in.
That’s the joke RETARD
That did not seem like the kind of typo that would be made intentionally, but whatever.
Hey your caps lock is a bit bugged.
I think you need a comma before “RETARD”, RETARD. 😜.
I got it right 💃🏻🎊🎉
I think it is correct, because the colon is being used to introduce a list that directly relates to the concept introduced before the colon. That said, I think you can remove it all together and the sentence would still be correct. I’m a “Strunk” guy.
It would be if it were written as:
She went to the store to buy:
- Duct tape
- A shovel
- A saw
And presented on a PowerPoint slide.
I mean the list wasn’t organized but it’s correct
Remove the colon and the sentence is correct, right down to the requisite Oxford comma.
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You are both wrong. She did not buy the shovel.
Would it be correct if rewritten this way?
She went to the store to buy the following: duct tape, rope, a shovel, and a saw.
Geoag, I thought that after a colon we don't use coordinating conjunctions.
I don’t think the colon is needed
I don’t mean to nitpick. However, you should have a period after ‘👍🏻’.
Wouldn't that depend on whether we consider emoji words or pictures? 😃.
🤔... 🤨... 🤔... 😏... 👍🏻!
@jarod, you try living without a colon... 🤒
The colon is superfluous, but I'm not sure it's incorrect.
It is incorrect.
Can't it be used to introduce a list?
Yes, but generally a longer and more complex list than this.
Wouldn't that generally be subjective, then? Unless there's an objective criterion for how long a list can be me to merit a colon?
What comes before the colon should be a complete sentence.
I don't think so. There are definitely some lists which aren't complete sentences which nevertheless merit the colon.
What comes before the colon, not after. For example, “She bought three items: paper, pens, and pencils.” “She bought three items” works as a complete sentence; “paper, pens, and pencils” does not. The exception to the rule is if the verb is understood, e.g., “Pros: lots of money. Cons: lots of time.” The other exception is colons in titles.
When I'm making a complex list, especially when my items are clauses and not single words, I tend to say something along the lines of, "this includes: x; y; and z." with the semicolons dividing my items.
Here’s some info about your example from CMOS: www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/VerticalListsBullets/faq0016.html
Basically, you should have a direct object after “includes” if you want to use a colon. The semicolon is okay in a complex list if there’s additional punctuation within some of the items: “I went to the store to buy food: large, organic Florida oranges; salt & vinegar, barbecue, and buffalo chips; popcorn; and canned veggies.” Here, the semicolon prevents confusion.
And here’s more info about semicolons: www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-to-use-semicolons?page=2
It might not be incorrect, I'm not sure, but it is horrible. Leave out the unnecessary ":".
It is incorrect, unlike your answer. 😃
I believe ; is the proper punctuation instead of :
No; no punctuation mark is needed to introduce a simple list.
Touché. You are correct. My brain originally needed to pick one or the other, and didn’t allow the option of neither...lol.
Rob. I should rib you on your use of …
I believe there should be a space between the last word and the beginning of the ellipsis. Tom, how do you punctuate a sentence the ends with an ellipsis?
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