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Alamaomao Post time: 2016-3-2 10:51
I want to ask a question. In the writing english, should I use Comma or Colon behind say.
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Using a comma is correct.
- John said, "Good morning, Mrs. Li."
- "Good morning to you, too", Mrs. Li replied.
- "What a beautiful day!", Zhang exclaimed excitedly.
A colon means "that is to say" or "here's what I mean." You typically use a colon when you introduce a list of items.
- You may be required to bring: warm clothing, rain gear, climbing shoes, and your passport.
- We need the following items: butter, milk, eggs, sugar, and coffee.
- I need an assistant who can do the following: input data, write reports, and complete tax forms.
Avoid using a colon before a list when it directly follows a verb or preposition that would ordinarily need no punctuation in that sentence.
- We need: butter, milk, eggs, sugar, and coffee. [NO]
- We need butter, milk, eggs, sugar, and coffee. [RECOMMENDED]