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Hi. Is it correct to use a colon in what looks to be a modifying phrase, following a comma? Also, I think we can use both "words" and "word" in the following sentence.

eg,

He talks with them, once mentioning her last words (word?): "Take care of the man."

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Anonymous Is it correct to use a colon in what looks to be a modifying phrase, following a comma?

Your example ends with a quotation. Commas or colons can be used in that situation.

Anonymous Also, I think we can use both "words" and "word" in the following sentence.

It depends upon how many words she uttered.