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Use Colons for Lists

In this worksheet, students will decide whether or not to use a colon at the beginning of a list.

'Use Colons for Lists' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Colons in Lists

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Worksheet Overview

A colon is a punctuation mark. It looks like this :


A colon is often used at the beginning of a list of bullet points.


We need: 

. apples

. pears

. bananas

. oranges

. kiwi fruit





It can also be used in some other types of list, but not all lists.


The first of the following sentences needs a colon, but the second does not.

These are the people I am inviting to my party: Kate, Joe, Adil, Dwayne and Jamila.

I am inviting Kate, Joe, Adil, Dwayne and Jamila to my party.


So how can we decide whether we need a colon or not?


If the section of the sentence before the colon makes sense on its own, then we use a colon.

'These are the people I am inviting to my party' makes sense on its own.


If it doesn't make sense on its own, we don't use a colon.

 'I am inviting' does not make sense on its own.


children at a party


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