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JLe June 10th, 2018 1:11am

Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: She went to the store to buy: duct tape, rope, a shovel, and a saw.

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ctskapski x
06/10/18 4:19 pm

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:".

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thebarr
06/10/18 8:54 am

Am I the only one worried less about the grammar and more about what she’s up to?

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JLe
06/10/18 10:05 am

good observation ๐Ÿ˜‚

RussianThunder Russia and USA
06/10/18 11:37 am

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
06/11/18 2:10 pm

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Carcano Luke 10 19
06/09/18 10:04 pm

No, that’s how certain people type. We call The those people retards

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LeftLibertarian The Age of Outrage
06/09/18 10:38 pm

Oof, that is an unfortunate comment to have typos in.

Carcano Luke 10 19
06/09/18 10:39 pm

That’s the joke RETARD

LeftLibertarian The Age of Outrage
06/09/18 10:42 pm

That did not seem like the kind of typo that would be made intentionally, but whatever.

Carcano Luke 10 19
06/09/18 10:45 pm

Exactly RETARD

LeftLibertarian The Age of Outrage
06/09/18 10:55 pm

Hey your caps lock is a bit bugged.

omniku dot com
06/10/18 8:42 am

I think you need a comma before “RETARD”, RETARD. ๐Ÿ˜œ.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/09/18 8:30 pm

I got it right ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰

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JohnGalt69
06/09/18 8:26 pm

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.

Wert A picture of my junk
06/09/18 8:25 pm

It would be if it were written as:

She went to the store to buy:
- Duct tape
- Rope
- A shovel
- A saw

And presented on a PowerPoint slide.

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Millerj90 Oregon
06/09/18 9:06 pm

I mean the list wasn’t organized but it’s correct

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/18 8:15 pm

Remove the colon and the sentence is correct, right down to the requisite Oxford comma.

โšœ แŽขแŽปแŽฌ แฉแŽกแŽชแŽทแŽทแŽชแŽก แขแŽพแžแ†แŸแŽฌ โšœ


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HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/09/18 9:21 pm

You are both wrong. She did not buy the shovel.

geoag02 Dallas, TX
06/09/18 9:56 pm

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.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 10:00 pm

Geoag, I thought that after a colon we don't use coordinating conjunctions.

jarod California
06/09/18 7:41 pm

I don’t think the colon is needed

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Wert A picture of my junk
06/09/18 8:28 pm

I don’t mean to nitpick. However, you should have a period after ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป’.

๐Ÿ˜.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/18 9:18 pm

Wouldn't that depend on whether we consider emoji words or pictures? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Wert A picture of my junk
06/09/18 9:30 pm

๐Ÿค”... ๐Ÿคจ... ๐Ÿค”... ๐Ÿ˜... ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป!

Wert A picture of my junk
06/10/18 1:45 pm

@jarod, you try living without a colon... ๐Ÿค’

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 7:20 pm

The colon is superfluous, but I'm not sure it's incorrect.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/18 9:11 pm

Yes, but generally a longer and more complex list than this.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 9:13 pm

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?

JLe
06/09/18 9:57 pm

What comes before the colon should be a complete sentence.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 9:58 pm

I don't think so. There are definitely some lists which aren't complete sentences which nevertheless merit the colon.

JLe
06/09/18 10:12 pm

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.

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
06/09/18 10:27 pm

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.

JLe
06/10/18 10:26 am

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.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/09/18 6:18 pm

It might not be incorrect, I'm not sure, but it is horrible. Leave out the unnecessary ":".

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/18 8:18 pm

It is incorrect, unlike your answer. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/18 6:14 pm

I believe ; is the proper punctuation instead of :

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/09/18 8:18 pm

No; no punctuation mark is needed to introduce a simple list.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
06/09/18 8:55 pm

Touché. You are correct. My brain originally needed to pick one or the other, and didn’t allow the option of neither...lol.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/09/18 9:29 pm

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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