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You don't need punctuation at the end of a bullet point if the bullet points themselves are sentence fragments, rather than full sentences. The problem is, the first two entries in your examples are not grammatically appropriate sentence fragments. If you put up a sign saying "No older than 5 years," the punctuation is not going to be what makes people see ...
No. Your example is factual and not fiction: Sentences Left Incomplete The fact that a sentence has been broken off, the re- mainder being left to the reader's imagination, is commonly marked by a double dash or suspension dots. This usage is infrequent in factual writing, though not uncommon in fiction. -American punctuation. . Summey, George, ...
Use a comma. If you have a series of items, and one or more of those items has, itself, a comma, then use semicolons. And no need to remove "and". For example: A hamster pulls itself up by its bootstraps; finds a hero, male or female; establishes a dream; and then goes for it. Here, the item finds a hero, male or female, contains a comma. IOW, start ...
The semicolon would be fine if you left out the "and".
You should use a comma instead. A youngster literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps, finds a hero, establishes a dream, and then goes for it.
It reads clearly enough with commas. If you insisted on distinguishing the two types of list then it could be better the other way round as in She wrote newspaper columns; made speeches and radio broadcasts; traveled widely; and listened to the concerns of women, minorities, and ordinary Americans. but I do not think that is an improvement on just ...
Unless I have gotten it wrong, "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles or writing." is right, for you have written, already, a negative conjunction; 'no'.
Your current version is fine without any changes, although technically you shouldn't start a sentence with a conjunction so the last sentence you would drop the 'and' (also 'discussed' has two 's's): Many cases of animal suicide were discussed. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no ...
If you consider the cases as a list you can write: Many cases of animal suicide were discussed: a duck drowned itself after the death of its companion, a school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever, A deer threw itself from a cliff to avoid being eaten by hunting dogs. And the list went on and on.
I wouldn't use commas, since each incident listed is in a complete sentence. But you want to group them together to show that it is a list, so semi-colons is the best solution. There were many cases of animal suicide in the paper. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion; a school of dolphins [was] stranded on a beach with no reason ...
Write what sounds natural. I like changing the verbs and joining with commas: There were many cases of animal suicide in the paper: a duck drowning itself after the death of its companion, a school of dolphins beaching itself for no apparent reason, a deer throwing itself from a cliff to avoid being eaten by hunting dogs. The list went on and on.
If the final clause is to be introduced with an 'and', then they should be separated by commas. Whether you place a comma directly before the 'and' (a usage called the 'serial comma') is sometimes a matter of style, but in this case I would argue that it is necessary (from intuition, I'm not aware of the terminologies and conventions governing this ...
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