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    Interrupting speech.

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Jhunter, Oct 27, 2011.

    Is there a hard rule for how this should be formatted/done?
     
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    Example:

    "You are a jer -- No you are a jerk!"

    or

    "You are a jer--"
    "--no your are a jerk!"

    Can you use either one? Is there a hard rule for how to do this?
     
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    Double post.
     
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    i suggest you get yourself a good punctuation guide... i use harry shaw's 'punctuate it right!'... and/or [as i do] keep these in your favorites menu:

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/566/01/
    http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/index.html
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm

    it'll save you a lot of time waiting for others to give you [often conflicting] info here... ;-)

    hugs, m
     
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    Sweet, thanks!
     
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    I could not find his answer in your links,

    I did find on other sights,

    If dialog is cut short, such as someone interupting or something abruptly stops the thought in mid sentence, it would be:

    "I don't think you should d—" The blast from the gun silences her. (the dash would be a em dash) (windows- en dash alt 0151)

    if the voice trails off, or just doesn't finish a thought the sight said this:
    "I don't know if I should say this..."She begins.

    Looking this up, I did learn 4 dots would be correct if the end of the sentence is an ellipsis.

    She screams "Maybe you should...."

    I used ellipsis for both, I will have to change for interupted dialog.
     

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