Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list?


  • My first item.
  • My second item.
  • My third item.


  • My first item
  • My second item
  • Or what about a longer item that might have other puncuation in it, like this. It doesn't seem right to miss the full stop/period off
  • This is a matter of local convention and personal taste. There is no overarching general rule in English orthography. If the publication you expect this to appear in mandates or recommends a style guide, use that. Otherwise if there's a convention evident in the works of other authors, follow that. Otherwise use your best judgement and taste.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 10:07
  • Your point about the bullet point containing other punctuation is excellent, and has had me scratching my head in the past, as I hate adding periods after non-sentential points. I break the pseudo-rule 'always be consistent' (in spite of this being one of the best rules of thumb we have) on this one: periods discretionary. Of course, when the bullet points are quotes, it gets even messier. Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 10:13
  • This question has been asked, and answered, several times before. Please search the site before asking. It is also much faster than typing up an entire question. Thank you.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 10:15
  • Thats exactly what I'm battling with... I'm building a website, and I want it to be consistent across all pages. But some lists are short (one or two words), and others are longer sentences.
    – BG100
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 10:15
  • @RegDwigнt: I don't see any of those search results mention my point about the longer item...
    – BG100
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 10:20


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