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Punctuating bulleted lists

Bulleted lists are a great way of breaking down complicated information. There are different ways to punctuate lists. Here are the most common ways of punctuating them.

A list in which each point is a complete sentence

The Managing Director made three comments about using information technology.

  • All IT equipment needs to be kept up to date.
  • Staff must be trained to use new IT equipment.
  • Don't think that technology will cure all our problems - it won't.

A list which is a continuous sentence

If you want to keep your office tidy, please remember to:

  • put your rubbish in the bin;
  • clean up after you make the tea; and
  • take your food out of the fridge.

A list of very short points

Any good office should have:

  • a kettle
  • a teapot
  • a microwave, and
  • a fridge.

Or

Any good office should have the following.

  • A kettle
  • A teapot
  • A microwave
  • A fridge

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