I did some search on the Internet but am unable to get clarity on this.


Which of the following is correct?

A) Have you: Ever purchased a blue car? Ever visited Hong Kong? Ever gone on a long road trip?

B) Have you ever: purchased a blue car? visited Hong Kong? gone on a long road trip?


I would also like to know if one needs to start a question after a colon with a capital

So if B is a better option, should I write 'Have you ever: Purchased a blue car? Visited Hong Kong? Gone on a long road trip?

Here there is more than 1 question but what if there is only one question after the colon? Do I still start with capitals? If I substitute colon with emdash does the same rule apply?


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    Your question is unclear: Are you quoting speech or writing an article, and in what context would you use your examples?
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 9:53
  • I am not quoting any speech.
    – Manish
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:09
  • The normal way to write this would be, "Have you ever purchased a blue car, visited Hong Kong, or gone on a long road trip?" I agree with @Greybeard; we need some contextual reason for writing it with a colon. Nov 7, 2020 at 10:10
  • @Manish "I am not quoting any speech" is not context. Please give context. For example, is this a multiple choice question?
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:15
  • The context is describing how people spend their money. Does this help?
    – Manish
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:17


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