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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..."

"Hush!"


Semicolons indicates a dramatic pause, which is later finished.

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

"Hush!"

Dashes indicate an abrupt cutting off.

"I don't think --"

"Hush!"

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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