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... what of it?

Postby jo555 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:49 am

Ok, so I really like using them three periods to indicate a long pause.

Is that approprate?

I tend to use it excessively, yet I want to curb it in my story so have replaced several with commas. Although, now I am wondering if it is appropriate use to indicate a long pause.

Is that ok or is it just used when a sentence is incomplete?

Exhibit A-The long pause:

I am glad you feel that way because...I have another one.

Is that ok or do I need to stick with commas?

Exhibit B-The incomplete sentence:

I'm going to stop saying this is the last one because...

Ok?

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Re: ... what of it?

Postby Anja » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:10 am

Scroll down in this forum. There is a thread totally devoted to the use of ellipses.

Yes, there are times when using them are completely appropriate, but you'd be correct in not overusing them.

The most common error is the setup, however. There should be spaces, if you get my drift . . .

There's a very useful link posted within that thread by another FW-er.
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Re: ... what of it?

Postby jo555 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:11 pm

Anja wrote:Scroll down in this forum. There is a thread totally devoted to the use of ellipses.

Yes, there are times when using them are completely appropriate, but you'd be correct in not overusing them.

The most common error is the setup, however. There should be spaces, if you get my drift . . .

There's a very useful link posted within that thread by another FW-er.


Oh, I saw that but didn't know what ellipses meant so didn't even go into that room (wink). I will check it out now so I can catch some of that draft coming in.

I was checking out your information on commas. Very helpful information for another commaholic (tee, hee).

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