For example, in the following list, would the use of the semicolon be proper?

" These are my favorite fruits:

  • apples
  • banans,
  • kiwis,
  • tomatoes,
  • pineapple,
  • watermelons, and;
  • oranges. "

Otherwise, would there be any proper use of a semicolon in this list?

Thanks for your time!

  • There is (or was) a style referred to as "vertical lists punctuated as a sentence" (by Chicago, also found in Garner), but in that sytle, there is a semicolon at the end of each list item (except the last one), an "and" after the last semicolon, and a period at the very end. This style is considered "too fussy" (1) or "cumbersome" (2), so it's uncommon (and outdated, I would say, if not obsolete). 1. businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2012/01/…. 2. quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/…. – KannE Nov 20 '19 at 17:15
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    Why do you not have a comma after "apple"? – Barmar Nov 20 '19 at 23:54
  • This is just horrible style. The and is the worst thing, but (i) if you want to punctuate the list you must use semicolons instead of commas; (ii) you must be consistent (no comma after apples); (iii) you must spell all your fruits correctly (banans); (iv) you can use singular or plural but you can't switch from one to the other (pineapple). – TonyK Dec 26 '19 at 21:44

You can use semi-colons to separate elements in a list, but the semicolon would go before not after the 'and'. In your case, "watermelons; and [new line] oranges."

However, you typically would only use semicolons to separate items if the list elements were long (phrases or sentences). You wouldn't use a semicolon to separate one- or two-word items like yours.



Generally bullet points are not sentences;hence they don't need any punctuation at the end. If the bullet point functions as a sentence, it should have a period.

To know more about the use of semicolons [;] https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/semicolons.asp; may be referred to.

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