Grammar basics of using bullet points

Your points should be consistent, either in all sentences or all fragments. Make sure the grammatical structure of your bullet points is parallel by starting each with the same part of the speech. For instance, if you start one point with an adjective, start them all with an adjective.

For authors, bullet points sometimes cause confusion. Are they all capitalized? Add commas at the end? When is it appropriate to substitute numbers for bullets? It turns out that using bullet points to strategically make your posts easier to read involves a little skill. Here are some recommendations.

The opening sentence

If the statement that introduces your list ends with a colon, it should be a complete sentence. If it's a fragment, omit the colon and begin the list right away.

Bullets or numbers?

Instead of using bullets, use a numbered list if your action items must be completed in a specified order.


How to bathe your cat is as follows:

  1. Cover your cat's head with a shower cap.
  2.  Give him his rubber toy to reassure him psychologically.
  3.  Bathe your dog gently.

If your introductory paragraph promises a specific number of items, such as the three top reasons to bathe your dog, you might also use a numbered list.