Using bullet points

As far as I know there aren’t any fixed rules about how to use bullet points. So this is how I normally use them.
I like to introduce lists with a colon (that’s this punctuation mark here :).

I don’t use full-stops when I write a list of items.

Please bring with you:

  • pens and paper
  • dictionaries
  • a pair of scissors
If my lists are made up of full sentences, I start each with a capital letter and end each with a full-stop.

Things to do before you write an email:
  • Plan what you want to say.
  • Make some notes.
  • Think about your subject line, your salutation and how you want to sign off. 

If my lists carry on from the introductory text, I use lower case (small letters) for the first letter in each bullet point and only add a full-stop to the very last sentence.

Before you write an email, remember to:

  • plan what you want to say
  • make some notes
  • think about your subject line, your salutation and how you want to sign off.
Little goose feet?

Little goose feet?

 

Inverted commas-001

I always forget the German word ‘Anführungszeichen’ when I need it. So I use either ‘Gänsefüßchen’ or ‘Tüddelchen’ (I lived in north Germany years ago!).

But what on earth do you say in English when you want to talk about those punctuation marks? Well, we call them quotation marks‘ or ‘inverted commas‘. Their form and position are a little bit different as you can see in the picture above. Both are positioned at the higher level. The first set looks like a 66 and the second set like a 99. 

Just thought you might like to know! 😉