listing of topics, what to put at end of the sentence. Closing punctuation ?

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If I sum up a list of topics, what do I have to put at the end of each line ? A full stop, a comma, or nothing ? And do I have to start each sentence with a capital ?

Example ;

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When I cannot sleep, I can do the following activities :

- go and watch TV

- play with my pet

- drink a glass of milk

- Google to find a sleeping method

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asked May 18 '11 at 14:32 filterman New member

2 answers


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Punctuate it as if it were a sentence.  So, commas or semi-colons  after each bullet and a period at the end.

link comment answered May 19 '11 at 16:51 Kimberly Expert
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Since you've prefaced the list as a sentence anyway, in other words you can write this without the bullets, I would say that yes you need to punctuate as if it were a sentence.

 

First, there's no space between "activities" and the colon. Second, since the list is rather long, you're probably better off using semi-colons (the ";" punctuation) after each bullet point but commas would suffice.

 

On the other hand if you had made the list like the following:

 

Things I do when I cannot sleep

  • Point one
  • Point two
  • etc

Then I think it would be fine to write however you'd like.

 

All in all, there isn't a standard for writing bullet lists, just follow the regular rules of grammar depending on how you introduce your list in the form in which you do so.

link comment edited May 18 '11 at 17:25 Michael Collado Contributor

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