Re: Periods and bullets

Subject: Re: Periods and bullets
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 10:25:22 +1100

John Posada wrote:
> Hi, guys...I'm having a discussion with another writer.
>
> My position is that a bullet list of gragments gets no period:
>
> The crate had
> - oranges
> - apples
> - lemons
>
> and her position is that the last bullet gets a period.
>
> The crate had
> - oranges
> - apples
> - lemons.
>
> Any validity to this?
>

Most modern style goes with your example, only perhaps
with a more grammatically complete lead-in: "The crate
contained the following items:"

I believe the only time the last item should end with
a period is if the list is using the style where the
items complete the intro grammatically, in which case
I think the other items get ending punctuation as well:

The crate had
- oranges,
- apples, and
- lemons.

-- Janice

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