Using the Colon to Join Clauses


Two independent clauses can be joined by a colon to make one compound sentence if the second clause expands on or explains the first clause. Here are some examples:

Fascists have a problem: Donald Trump is a Republican.

Terrible body odor is useful: it makes room for your bags on the seat next to you.

Banal thoughts are like fish: they swim in a sea of words.

Love is magic: it makes warts disappear.

Writing gibberish has an upside: typos are never an issue.

Back pain and good writing are similar: sometimes they require surgery.

Gun violence is an American mushroom: it keeps popping up and it’s poisonous.

Alternative medicine is like alternative arithmetic: it doesn’t add up.

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