I'm taking a course in proofreading and a particular sentence in an assignment has got me confused. I need to proofread the following sentence:
"1 Like with anything you write, get the basics right first: establish a) who ..."
Is the punctuation correct in this? My thoughts were that there should be a colon after "establish", however surely there shouldn't be two colons in one sentence? Should the colon after "first" be a comma or full stop? Please help. Thank you.
Thank you so much for replying so quickly. The brief states that I need to follow the Guardian style guide and it doesn't put any punctuation after numbered lists. It does feel weird to me. I automatically wanted to put a full stop.
So, to clarify, it would be perfectly fine to leave the sentence as it is without changing the colon or putting one behind "establish"?