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    Your job...answer the questions quickly.

    Dear all,

    Could you please tell me why the writer used "..." in the sentence below. And what does it mean?

    Your job...answer the questions quickly.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Your job...answer the questions quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Dear all,

    Could you please tell me why the writer used "..." in the sentence below. And what does it mean?

    Your job...answer the questions quickly.

    Thanks in advance.
    Those three dots are called an "ellipsis." In this case, they indicate a pause in speech.
    Ellipsis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The sentence means: "Your job: (pause) Answer the questions quickly."

    I don't especially know why the writer didn't just say, "Your job is to answer the questions quickly."

    There's a famous tag line from an old-time television show: "Your job -- should you decide to accept it -- is (a different assignment each week.)"
    The jobs were described on a tape recorder that then self-destructed.
    It's what I thought of when I read the sentence, and maybe the author intended to make a reference to this expression. If the sentence is in a humorous context, I would tend to think so.

    The TV show was called Mission: Impossible
    Mission: Impossible - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    YouTube - Mission: Impossible Opening Montage 1

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