a colon can function as for example or such as?

Hale Chen

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi, all. I saw the following sentence as an example to explain one of the rules of colon usage.

This year I want to visit four amazing cities: Paris, London, New York, and Barcelona. (The source is here!)

If I change "four" to "many," does the colon still make sense? Or I should use for example or such as instead? Thanks in advance.
 
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  • rhitagawr

    Senior Member
    British English
    You can have a colon with many, although I'd expect you to list all the cities. A colon doesn't work with for example or such as. Personally I'd have a comma before for example and nothing before such as.
     
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