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    At present I am reading Angela Hunt. Noticed she incorporates ......... and the solid --- for effect. I'm sure the difference is miniscule, but what is the difference?

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    An ellipsis ... (usually three dots, but some folks go overboard) usually indicates a train of thought that is drifting somewhat, or an unfinished thought, or a trailing off of the voice at the end of a sentence.

    An em dash indicates a sudden break in thought, or allows for a parenthetical thought. It is also used as punctuation to indicate a change in thought in cases when the writer thinks a comma is too weak and a period too strong.


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    Thanks, that clears up so much. I appreciate the reply.

    David

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    Default Re: ...... as opposed to ------

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    An ellipsis ... (usually three dots, but some folks go overboard) usually indicates a train of thought that is drifting somewhat, or an unfinished thought, or a trailing off of the voice at the end of a sentence.
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    An ellipsis can also be used to mark an omission from quoted text. In that case, again it's usually three dots; but some people (of which I am an example) use four to mark the end of a sentence. Again, some folks go overboard - but note that when you see four it's not necessarily a sign of a gushing personality

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    Hey, thanks for the information

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