Use a colon…
- before a list of items. (These are the people I want to see in my office: Rick, Mary Ann, Marla, Wanda, Andy, and Connie.)
- between the hour and minute in time designations. (12:32 P.M.)
- in the greeting of business letters. (Dear Sir or Madam:)
Italics are used to express the titles of complete works…
- Books (Ivanhoe, The Outsiders, Of Mice and Men).
- Magazines (Good Housekeeping, Health, Runner's World).
- Works of art (Mona Lisa, Starry Night, American Gothic).
- Newspaper titles (New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Ames Daily Register).
Instructions: Read each of the following sentences. Select correct if a sentence does not contain an error in punctuation. If the sentence does contain an error in punctuation, select incorrect.
My favorite books include the following: The Scarlet Letter, To Kill a Mockingbird, David Copperfield, and At Home in Mitford.
You selected .
The correct answer is a. The sentence is correct. Italicize the titles of books and use a colon to indicate that a list will follow.