In case there's a sentence

The following students are required to submit their assignments by March 15th.

Will there be a colon after 15 or a full stop?

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    @Hank I'd assume a list of students would follow the colon. – MorganFR Feb 8 '17 at 16:32
  • @MorganFR True, I did miss that first part haha – Hank Feb 8 '17 at 16:33
  • Yes,the details of the students will be mentioned. – Riju Feb 8 '17 at 16:34
  • It can be either way, but before the list, a colon will be required to introduce it. A new sentence can be used before the actual list and therefore the first sentence will require a full stop or at least a semi colon. Consider the following: "The following students are required to submit a new paper. (or ;) They will have to do so by March 15th. Those students are: " – MorganFR Feb 8 '17 at 16:37

As far as there is a list of students to follow, a colon is the appropriate punctuation mark here.

A colon can introduce a list.


The main points are as follows: (1)...., (2)....., (3).....

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