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The following are my favorite prehistoric animals: saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and megalodons.

These are the prehistoric epochs Francis finds most fascinating: the Paleocene, the Pleistocene, and the Eocene.

Remember that you don’t need a colon to introduce a list if it follows a verb or preposition

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The prehistoric cousins of the modern elephant are the woolly mammoth, the mastodon, and the Columbian mammoth.

Are is a linking verb, so you don’t need a colon to introduce this list.

Steve looked at the mammoth display with Ruhi, Juan, and Andrea.

With is a preposition, so there’s no need for a colon here.

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  • Use a colon to introduce an illustration or restatement
  • Use a colon to introduce a quotation

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