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I have encountered a problem when I was proofreading one of my essays. The example is as follows:

"To help you make a decision, I have found five possible locations for you to consider.The specific information on these locations can be found xxx website.

  • List item
  • List item
  • List item
  • List item
  • List item"

I think I have to use a colon before the first bullet point, but it seems like that I can't in this example. Can someone provide some help on how to fix this example. Thanks very much!

  • In very formal writing, bullet points would not be used. Constitutions, certain legal documents, treaties, etc. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 30 '17 at 20:09
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You don't need a colon before every list. You can leave your example as it is. It might be possible to make the sentences flow together better by rephrasing.

Location is important when making your decision. You can find information about possible locations at the website at xxx. There are five locations that I have found for you to consider:

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I am confused by the question itself. What do you mean that "it seems that" you can't use a colon? The relevant question ought to be whether you should use a colon. The problem with questions about punctuation is that there is no universal agreement. In formal writing, the best solution is to pick a style guide and adhere to it. Others may prefer a different guide, but at least you will have some basis for your choice. Personally, I like to introduce a list with a colon to make clear that the list is effectively part of the sentence.

Like James K, I find your proposed sentence awkward. I might try

Detailed information on five locations that may be particularly relevant to your decision can be found:

 Here;

 Here;

 Here;

 Here, and

 Here.

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