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Creating Grammatically Correct Bulleted Lists

Part of the English Grammar Workbook For Dummies

How did we live without presentation slides and bulleted lists? They're everywhere, but their grammar may be confusing. Follow this guide to keep your bulleted lists looking good:

  • If the introduction ends in a form of the verb to be, don't place a colon at the end of the introduction.

  • If the introduction is a complete thought or if it concludes with the following, a colon should appear at the end of the introduction.

  • Items in a list should have the same grammatical structure — all nouns, all sentences, all adjectives, and so forth. Don't mix and match.

  • If the items in a list are complete sentences, each item needs an endmark.

  • If the items in a list aren't complete sentences, no endmarks appear.

  • Always capitalize proper names. Also capitalize the first word of a bullet if the item is a complete sentence.

  • If the items in a list aren't complete sentences, you may capitalize them or use lowercase (your choice!) unless they combine with the introduction to create a complete sentence. In that situation, don't capitalize the first word in the bullet item.

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