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o The colon calls attention to what follows. When you see one, you can usually replace it with one of these phrases: as follows, the following, namely/that is, or which is.
§ 'I have three requests: your silence, attention, and patience.' (Namely is implied.)
§ 'There were five slices: red cabbage, onions, leeks, carrots, and turnips.' (As follows is implied.)

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