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Punctuation help please

 
 
Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 01:37 pm
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.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 02:09 pm
@Whereismymind,
The '1' needs punct, eg, 1. Like... or (1) Like...

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colon after "establish"
I wouldn't. or
...right first. Establish: (a) who...

Code:surely there shouldn't be two colons
I'd agree

Code:colon after "first" be a comma or full stop?
Like I said above, full stop perfectly okay but comma very doubtful

Admire your spirit, Mind, learnin' the World's Most Complicated
Whereismymind
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 02:40 pm
@dalehileman,
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"?
Thanks again.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 03:52 pm
If you have the option, I would start another sentence with Establish ...

, first get the basics right.

(Please list the rule that says for numerical formal lists, there is no stop after the number. )


Whereismymind
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 04:39 pm
@PUNKEY,
https://www.theguardian.com/guardian-observer-style-guide-l

Scroll down to "lists"

Thanks for the response Punkey.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 10 Dec, 2017 06:34 pm
@Whereismymind,

"1 Like with anything you write, get the basics right first: establish a) who ..."

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Thank you so much
Not atall Where

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punctuation after numbered lists
D'you mean, Mind, like
WILDLIFE: 1. Birds (a) Swallow (b) Robin ....etc... (f) Hawk; 2. Dogs (a) Spaniel (b) Dalmation.....(j) German Shepard

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wanted to put a full stop
I'm no xpert, Ismy, but I like the '.' too

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colon or putting one behind "establish"?
I thibk, like I said before, Two colons in the same sentence doesn't usually work

By the way I mighta capped 'establish', esp where "." 'stead'a ':'
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