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    A question with "..."

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by R-e-n-n-a-t, Dec 20, 2010.

    Is there some way to a character ask a question that isn't finished, such as making "What're you doing?" into "What're you d-?" or something like "What're you d?..."

    Is there any way to make a question fade off as if the character stops speaking before the end of the sentence?
     
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    If they get cut off, or stop abruptly:

    "Hey! What are you d--"

    If they sort of trail off and don't finish their sentence:

    "Hey! What do you think of..."


    Then describe what caused them to trail off or be cut off, so it makes sense to the reader.

    Hope I helped!
     
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    You can write:

    "What are you do... ?"

    This indicates both that the speaker is trailing off, and that it is intoned like a question.
     
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    Ditto Malory. Don't know if it should be an em or en, but a dash would be better for a cut off word.

    -Frank
     
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    Oh right, that's true.
     
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    Thank you, especially Islander; I knew about how to end a statement with "-" or "...", but it's adding the question mark that gave me trouble.
     
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    yes... the double hyphen indicating an em dash is best for an incomplete word, while the ellipsis works well for an incomplete sentence...
     

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