list in a sentence


When writing a sentence with 16 different objects what is the proper puncuation?

See example:

The 16 agencies that make up the DHS are the Directorate for National Protection and Programs (NPPD): Science and Technology Directorate, Directorate for Management, Office of Policy, Office of Health Affairs, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A;), Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2008).
asked Apr 21 '13 at 18:09 Glenn Taylor New member

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I would not write that the agencies "make up" the DHS. Rather, I would write that the DHS is comprised of...

Sixteen should be spelled out.

When you write a list, each item is separated by a comma. If items on the list are lengthy or have commas within the item (your list does not), then you can separate them with semi-colons. For such a long list, I would probably make a bulleted list.

The DHS lists these as components. Most of them are not agencies.

link comment edited Apr 22 '13 at 03:27 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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