Can you use a colon following a question mark? I am not sure about the colon and/or capitalization when adding the list of characteristics.

Which of the following characteristics do you automatically associate with women?: Decisive, pushy, assertive, competitive, collaborative.

  • You would use a colon in this case to imply "choose from the following" but you have already said that at the beginning of your sentence. so perhaps the colon is not necessary? – Margana Jun 7 '15 at 22:42
  • Also: if this is from a questionnaire you are designing, you could arrange the list of characteristics on a separate (next) line, with no capitalisation, since the list would not be a sentence. – Margana Jun 7 '15 at 22:45
  • Personally I would use the colon but I would place the question mark at the end of the sentence, i.e. after collaborative. – WS2 Jun 7 '15 at 22:46
  • Same question already answered: Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark Another useful reference: Colon before or after question mark – 4-K Jun 8 '15 at 14:24
  • One more example: Grammarboook.com – 4-K Jun 8 '15 at 14:31

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