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I have searched online but can't find anything definitive on which of the following is preferable:

Incorrect. What could you infer from these quotes:

  • 'most of the dogs jump on the meat'
  • 'Old Talon stares at his meat'

vs.

Incorrect. What could you infer from these quotes?

  • 'most of the dogs jump on the meat'
  • 'Old Talon stares at his meat'
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    Not sure what the two "Incorrect"s are doing there... While noting your first example isn't a "vertical list", either of the two ways could be acceptable, but which is "better" is more of a stylistic/layout question than one of the English language. – TripeHound Oct 5 '18 at 12:51
  • Good point re: the first example. I'm not sure why it didn't come out as a vertical list (frustrating!). Edited – Gilwern Oct 5 '18 at 13:08
  • I prefer the first option. However, it means you end up ending a question without a question mark, which feels wrong. – Gilwern Oct 5 '18 at 13:09
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    You could put a question mark at the end of each of the list items in the first instance and then it wouldn't be missing. However, that makes no sense with your specific example. I think the second (bottom) list is correct because it reads like a multiple choice question then. The alternative would be something like: Could you infer that: (option/list) from these quotes? – Pam Oct 5 '18 at 13:35
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    When you say that using 'incorrect' is just your house style, that doesn't explain it. What is your house style rule for its use? ("Add the word 'incorrect' when . . .") I presume you are marking each as incorrect for a specific reason—and that you're asking how you could form a list so that 'incorrect' would not need to be used? If so, we need to know the rules behind your use of 'incorrect' before that can be answered. – Jason Bassford Oct 5 '18 at 16:39

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