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The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce."

But colons must follow an independent clause. So does that mean that "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients." is a complete sentence?

Because I feel like its not a complete sentence if it is not followed by a list.

  • It has a subject, a verb, and an object. What did you think was missing from the grammar? – lly May 3 at 10:26
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"The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients." is a complete sentence grammatically but not semantically: "the following" says something will follow, but nothing does.

It's still OK if the list is provided in some other way, such as in this question (where it's separated by a period), or perhaps as a bulleted list:

The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients.

  • eggs
  • an English muffin
  • bacon (or ham)
  • Hollandaise sauce

Even then, it would usually have a colon.

  • Fwiw, the example given doesn't match the example linked, and the example linked was wrong in any case. There should (technically) be a colon here and there, regardless of the formatting of the list. The linked list is overlong and was cut off for clarity, but the result was a series of sentence fragments. – lly May 3 at 10:24

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