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    Ellipses

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by jakeybum, Aug 14, 2015.

    Can both the ellipsis and/or the em-dash be used in the sentences below to show an abrupt change in mood? Which is the better choice, in your opinion?

    Sheila said, “I wanted to tell you that . . . oh, never mind.”

    Sheila said, “I wanted to tell you that—oh, never mind.”
     
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    I use both. The main difference is the abruptness issue. If somebody breaks off abruptly, then the dash is probably the right one to choose. If the person trails off in a dreamy fashion, then the ellipsis gives that effect.
     
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    Thank you. That clearly explains the difference in usage.
     

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