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I often write a list after writing "e.g." and I want to follow it by adding a colon to show the start of a list, particularly before a bullet pointed list. How should I punctuate this (assuming it is correct)?

I want to write, "e.g.:" but the ".:" doesn't look right.

When writing this question, I nearly wrote, "How should I write punctuation after e.g.?" - which is another example of the problem.

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closed as general reference by RegDwigнt May 29 '12 at 12:37

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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