Business Writing


2. 6. 2014

When you’re using bulleted lists it is important to keep the grammar consistent. Usually a bulleted list is introduced by a phrase. The text after the bullet should combine with the phrase to form a coherent whole.

On our holiday we

check Visited the National Museum.
check Spent time on the beach.
check Walked in the mountains.
wrong Eating lots of good food.
wrong Visiting friends.

The last two bullets should read:

check Ate lots of good food.
check Visited friends.

You might be talking about an upcoming meeting. At the meeting we are going to discuss

check The work schedule for the next two weeks.
check Resource allocation for the new project.
check Plans for the team building activity next week.

You will often see a colon (:) after the initial phrase. When the text after the bullet combines with that phrase to form a sentence that doesn’t require a colon, avoid using them. Also put a full stop at the end of each bullet.

Here are two examples of how the bullets work as sentences from the text above.

On our holiday we visited the National Museum.

At the meeting we are going to discuss the work schedule for the next two weeks.

If the phrase introduces a list and the bullets don’t combine with the introductory text to form a sentence, use a colon, and avoid putting a full stop at the end of each bullet.
The successful candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Demonstrated decision-making skills

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