Punctuation Choice in Strange Sentence - if-conditional/list

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I am currently writing a document intended to be informational. Perfect grammar is to be sacrificed for readability. I am stymied, though, at a punctuation choice in one particular sentence. It is a slightly strange sentence, but works best in the constraints of this document - clear wording, space, etc. The sentence follows this format:


If it rains, find the dogs, bring them inside, and wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.


With a standard if-conditional, the proper punctuation I am concerned with would be a comma, as in:


If it rains, find the dogs.


However, since I am in effect making a list of orders (which I am still not positive is perfect grammar), what punctuation mark would be suggested? I am currently leaning towards the dash/double-hyphen, but I am unsure.

Thank you!

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I think the dash would work. Another option is a bullet list.

 

If it rains:

  • find the dogs
  • bring them inside
  • wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.
link comment answered Jul 30 '13 at 00:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I like Patty's and Lewis's answers. Yet another option:

 

If it rains, you should find the dogs, bring them inside, and wash their feet so they don't track mud everywhere.

link comment answered Jul 30 '13 at 13:32 Actually Holly Expert

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