How to punctuate a list of dot points

Lists of dot points are often used to break up paragraphs of text and present information clearly for readers. In keeping with the trend towards minimal punctuation, here are some tips to punctuate a list of short dot points:

  • use a colon at the end of the introducing sentence
  • use lower case to start each dot point
  • avoid any punctuation after each dot point
  • use a full stop at the end of the last point.

If each dot point is a complete sentence, you may punctuate the list differently by starting each point with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.

Your list will be easier to read if your dot points are structured the same way, such as starting each point with an active verb or using a consistent sentence style. Use a simple symbol for your dot points to avoid distracting readers from the text.

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