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    A colon before a list

    I have seen a style guide that says we should use a colon before a list.

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    The roles of the manager include the following:
    1. Implement risk management and loss control policies.
    2. Maintain and actively promote a safe and healthful working environment.
    3. Take prompt, appropriate action to correct unsafe conditions.

    Is a colon like the above one always necessary in English, or does it depends on the style guide?
    I mean, is it grammatically okay if I use a period instead of a colon when I don't have to follow a style guide?

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    Re: A colon before a list

    I always use a colon. That makes it obvious that you're introducing a list. For example your list might be set out linearly, as below.
    "The roles of the manager include the following: Implement risk management and loss control policies, maintain and actively promote a safe and healthful working environment ..."
    In this case a period is wrong.

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    Re: A colon before a list

    Some styles may allow you to omit the end punctuation before a bulleted or numbered list. You need it in running text, as shown above. Using a period in either format would be wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A colon before a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "The roles of the manager include the following: Implement risk management and loss control policies, maintain and actively promote a safe and healthful working environment ..."
    I'd use a colon too, but I wouldn't use an upper case letter after it.

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    Re: A colon before a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use a colon too, but I wouldn't use an upper case letter after it.
    Nor would I usually. I copied that and forgot to change it.

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