What is a bulleted paragraph

You needn't feel that bullets show only single sentences, like this:

After 3 months of examining your records for the past year, we have found the following:

• Your marketing division is systematically hiding its losses each month—totaling $300,000 for the past 6 months alone.

• The division manager and her assistant appear to be the only people involved.

• There were no other major discrepancies.

You can also have short paragraphs as bullets:

After 3 months of examining your records for the past year, we have found the following:

• Your marketing division is systematically hiding its losses each month—totaling $300,000 for the past 6 months alone. This may have been taking place for years—we did not have access to your records before last June.

• The division manager and her assistant appear to be the only people involved now. Some former employees may have been involved, however. For example, the former budget clerk just bought a Mercedes sports car and has moved to Hawaii. Perhaps he was involved, too.

Why use bulleted paragraphs? The usual answer: they show your reader the organization of your document. Notice that normal paragraphing doesn't do that:

After 3 months of examining your records for the past year, we have found the following:

Your marketing division is systematically hiding its losses each month—totaling $300,000 for the past 6 months alone. This may have been taking place for years—we did not have access to your records before last June.

The division manager and her assistant appear to be the only people involved now. Some former employees may have been involved, however. For example, the former budget clerk just bought a Mercedes sports car and has moved to Hawaii. Perhaps he was involved, too.

All three of those paragraphs look the same, as though they're at the same level of subordination. Actually, as we've seen, the second and third paragraphs are subordinate to the First. Bulleted paragraphs show that relationship better.

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