Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Jhunter, Oct 27, 2011.
Is there a hard rule for how this should be formatted/done?
"You are a jer -- No you are a jerk!"
"You are a jer--"
"--no your are a jerk!"
Can you use either one? Is there a hard rule for how to do this?
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:
it'll save you a lot of time waiting for others to give you [often conflicting] info here... ;-)
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.
Separate names with a comma.