colon to introduce list: capable of: being a fool, playing football

Andrew3003

Senior Member
English
I'm always confused by use of punctuation in the following sentence. What's best?

"I am capable of being a fool, playing football and making silly faces."

Is that correct?

Or should it be

"I am capable of: being a fool, playing football and making silly faces"




p.s also the following sentence "we are able to offer you lots of services, commit to your ideas and develop your strategy"
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "I am capable of being a fool, playing football and making silly faces." is what you want. This is a list comma.

    Although a colon can be used to introduce a list, I would reserve that for a formalised list:

    "I am capable of:
    (i) being a fool,
    (ii) playing football,
    (iii) making silly faces."

    rather than a small list in a sentence. Or, as you see I have used it for the introduction of a detailed explanation. In this respect, it is similar to the abbreviation, i.e.
     
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