Items in lists 

Use full stops after the numbers or letters that list the elements of a summary.

Exemple correcte 1. Prepare the report.
2. Send copies to all members.


Exemple correcte A. Punctuate properly.
B. Write simply.


The individual items in vertical lists should only be followed by full stops when they form complete sentences (as above), not when they are simply nouns or noun phrases (as below).

Exemple correcte Bachelor’s degrees
1. Law
2. Chemistry
3. History of Art


Punctuate information contained in a list written in sentence form with a comma after each item in the list and the conjunction and or or before the last item, which is punctuated with a full stop.

Exemple correcte To qualify for the master’s programme
1. your undergraduate degree must be officially recognised,
2. you must have a CEFR B2-level command of English, and
3. you must submit official transcripts of your undergraduate studies.


If the list consists of sentences punctuated with a full stop, the phrase introducing the list must end in a colon (as in the example) or a full stop.

Exemple correcte Requirements for admission to the master’s programme:
1. Your undergraduate degree must be officially recognised.
2. You must have a CEFR B2-level command of English.
3. You must submit official transcripts of your undergraduate studies.
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Recommended citation:
«Items in lists» [en línia]. A: Llibre d’estil de la Universitat de Barcelona. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <http://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2284> [consulta: 29 maig 2022].