We are trying to create a form letter. Is it correct to use a colon after “to”?
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Or should we do something like this.
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Jo D., Springfield, MO
Answer: Prefer the second version: The colon, when used to introduce a list, is correctly used after a noun or after a phrase that includes “the following” or “as follows.” Strictly speaking, the colon should not follow a word that causes the phrase to be incomplete: is, are, to, for etc.