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    Can you use ellipsis in this sentence?

    Ellipsis (. . . or ...) can be used to indicate a pause in speech, but can it also be used to indicate a pause in a sentence which is not a part of speech (a sentence with no speech/dialogue in it)?

    Example: "My name is...Gary!" (correct)

    Example: His name was...Gary! (is this correct too?)

    Second example: "I tried to stop...but couldn't!" (correct)

    Second example: He tried to stop...but couldn't. (In this sentence there are NO ommissions of words, the ellipsis is used to indicate a pause. Is it used properly in this sense?)
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    Re: Can you use ellipsis in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    Ellipsis (. . . or ...) can be used to indicate a pause in speech, but can it also be used to indicate a pause in a sentence which is not a part of speech (a sentence with no speech in it)?

    Example: "My name is...Gary!" (correct)

    Example: His name was...Gary! (is this correct too?)
    Ellipsis means " when words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood"

    An example of ellipsis is "What percentage was left?" "Twenty" (= 20 per cent).

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    Re: Can you use ellipsis in this sentence?

    No, no. I'm not trying to omit words. I'm simply trying to create a pause in a NON-SPEECH sentence (a sentence with no dialogue in it). Can ellipsis function as a pause in a non-dialogue sentence?

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    Re: Can you use ellipsis in this sentence?

    Found my answer. The answer is yes.

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