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Revise Your Colons

In this worksheet, students will revise using colons for lists and quotations, and in sentences where further information is provided.

'Revise Your Colons' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Punctuation: Colons, Semicolons & Apostrophes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10


Colons can be used to introduce lists and quotations.

We need to buy three things: milk, bread and butter.

My mum has a favourite saying: "Never worry about things that might not happen."

 

A colon should only be used in this way if the first part of the sentence makes sense on its own. In the following sentences, the underlined parts do not make sense on their own so a colon should not be used.

We need to buy milk, bread and butter.

My mum always says, "Never worry about things that might not happen."

 

You can also use a colon to emphasise a point.

Sid is particularly well known for his greed.

By rewriting this sentence with a colon, Sid's greed can be highlighted.

Sid is particularly well known for one thing: his greed.

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

I really hate: peas, sprouts and liver.

incorrectly punctuated

correctly punctuated

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

Our teacher is known for one thing: difficult lessons. 

incorrectly punctuated

correctly punctuated

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

My grandad has a favourite saying: "It's no good crying over spilt milk."

incorrectly punctuated

correctly punctuated

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

Katie has only one thing on her mind, winning.

incorrectly punctuated

correctly punctuated

Which of the following sentences are correctly punctuated? Tick two boxes.

He knew only one thing mattered, and that was to escape.

He knew only one thing mattered, to escape.

He knew only one thing mattered: to escape.

He knew only one thing mattered. To escape.

Which of the following sentences are correctly punctuated? Tick two boxes.

I only know one thing about liver, it tastes disgusting.

I only know one thing about liver. It tastes disgusting.

I only know one thing about liver it tastes disgusting

I only know one thing about liver: it's disgusting.

Decide whether a colon is needed before the list or not. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

We have got English, Maths, PE and History today.

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

Decide whether this sentence needs a colon or just a comma before the quotation. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

I have got only one thing to say to you "Leave me alone!"

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

Rewrite the following sentence using a colon instead of the conjunction 'because'.

 

Josie was excited because it was her birthday. 

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

Rewrite the following sentences as one sentence, using a colon to link them.

 

Philip's fishing trip was successful. He caught lots of fish.

 

Remember to use a capital letter and a full stop! 

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

I really hate: peas, sprouts and liver.

CORRECT ANSWER
incorrectly punctuated
EDDIE SAYS
The first part of the sentence (I really hate) does not make sense on its own so a colon is not needed.
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

Our teacher is known for one thing: difficult lessons. 

CORRECT ANSWER
correctly punctuated
EDDIE SAYS
The second clause gives more detail about the first clause, so the colon is correct.
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

My grandad has a favourite saying: "It's no good crying over spilt milk."

CORRECT ANSWER
correctly punctuated
EDDIE SAYS
The part of the sentence before the quotation makes sense on its own so the colon is correct.
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide whether it has been correctly punctuated or not.

 

Katie has only one thing on her mind, winning.

CORRECT ANSWER
incorrectly punctuated
EDDIE SAYS
The second part of the sentence (winning) emphasizes the first part so a colon should be used. A comma should not be used in this way.
  • Question 5

Which of the following sentences are correctly punctuated? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
He knew only one thing mattered, and that was to escape.
He knew only one thing mattered: to escape.
EDDIE SAYS
Option 2 is incorrect because a comma has been used to separate the two parts of the sentence. A colon should be used. In Option 4, using two separate sentences does not work because the second clause, \'to escape\', is not a sentence in its own right.
  • Question 6

Which of the following sentences are correctly punctuated? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
I only know one thing about liver. It tastes disgusting.
I only know one thing about liver: it\'s disgusting.
EDDIE SAYS
Option 1 is incorrect because a comma has been used to separate the two parts of the sentence. A colon should be used. Option 3 has no punctuation!
  • Question 7

Decide whether a colon is needed before the list or not. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

We have got English, Maths, PE and History today.

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

CORRECT ANSWER
We have got English, Maths, PE and History today.
EDDIE SAYS
A colon is not needed because \'We have got\' does not make sense on its own.
  • Question 8

Decide whether this sentence needs a colon or just a comma before the quotation. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

I have got only one thing to say to you "Leave me alone!"

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

CORRECT ANSWER
I have got only one thing to say to you: "Leave me alone!"
EDDIE SAYS
The first part of the sentence (I have got only one thing to say to you) makes sense on its own so a colon is used.
  • Question 9

Rewrite the following sentence using a colon instead of the conjunction 'because'.

 

Josie was excited because it was her birthday. 

 

Remember to use capital letters and a full stop! 

CORRECT ANSWER
Josie was excited: it was her birthday.
EDDIE SAYS
A colon replaces the word \'because\' and emphasizes why Josie is excited.
  • Question 10

Rewrite the following sentences as one sentence, using a colon to link them.

 

Philip's fishing trip was successful. He caught lots of fish.

 

Remember to use a capital letter and a full stop! 

CORRECT ANSWER
Philip's fishing trip was successful: he caught lots of fish.
EDDIE SAYS
The second part of the sentence explains why Philip\'s fishing trip was successful so a colon is needed.
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