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I am creating a presentation of slides to be used with a projector. Most of the slides contain lists of incomplete sentences so as to not clutter them up with too much text and overwhelm the audience. I have written the phrases without ending periods. Should they have ending periods?

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I think that this is personal preference.

Periods tend to show that it is the end of the thought. I find them useful in separating out concepts. If all the concepts are related, you might leave the periods off, but really, it's more about personal preference.

The most important thing you can do, though, is be consistent. If you have one slide with periods, all your slides need to have them. Otherwise, the presence or absence of periods may become a distraction.

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Sometimes it may be down to preference, but I think the general rule for "signage" and similar contexts is that punctuation should be avoided unless it's actually necessary to aid comprehension. Standard issues of grammar don't normally apply in this situation. – FumbleFingers Aug 23 '11 at 18:01
"Standard issues of grammar don't normally apply in this situation." I totally agree. – Richard Aug 23 '11 at 18:03
Thanks for the input! – Johan Aug 23 '11 at 19:04

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