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    Which one?

    "M--may I help you, sir?"

    or

    "M--May I help you, sir?"

    Also, would a hyphen work instead of a dash (just out of curiosity)?

    Example: "M-May I help you, sir?"

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    Re: Which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    "M--may I help you, sir?"

    or

    "M--May I help you, sir?"

    Also, would a hyphen work instead of a dash (just out of curiosity)?

    Example: "M-May I help you, sir?"
    What is the 'M' doing in front of the sentences?

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    Re: Which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    M--may I help you, sir?

    or

    M--May I help you, sir?


    I think that's used to show hesitation. By capitalizing the first letter, you've started the sentence, and it's not necessary to capitalize the first letter after a hyphen. But I'm not sure if it's ok to use two hyphens that way.
    Structurally, the first part is an interjection. Here's an example:
    -Aha, you did yourself!
    -M-m-m, may I help you sir?


    Also, would a hyphen work instead of a dash (just out of curiosity)?

    Example: M-May I help you, sir?
    Of course not. Hyphens are exclusively used for morphological divisions (compounding), not for sentential ones.
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    Re: Which one?

    -M-m-m, may I help you sir?
    Aha, I see what what you mean now.
    But I don't think you can have this in written English.
    Double hyphen is also unheard of.

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    Re: Which one?

    That's not supposed to be a double hyphen, but thanks anyway.

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    Re: Which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Aha, I see what what you mean now.
    But I don't think you can have this in written English.
    Double hyphen is also unheard of.
    How about:


    -Mmm
    Or
    -Hmm

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    Re: Which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by chester_100 View Post
    How about:


    -Mmm
    Or
    -Hmm
    Yes, those interjections. They are accepted words in Scrabble.

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