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Dashes, Semicolons, and Ellipses

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Snoink says...

Ellipses (the dot-dot-dot things) indicate a trailing off.

"I don't think that's a good idea..."


Semicolons indicates a dramatic pause, which is later finished.

"This is not a good idea; it will lead us into danger."


Dashes indicate an abrupt cutting off.

"I don't think --"


What's the difference between the dash and the periods? With dashes, you cut off the sentence before it is complete. With periods, you use them to indicate a cliffhanger sentence. It's still complete grammatically, but the idea isn't.

This also should only be used in dialogue, unless you're writing in first person, which is a little less strict.
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