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    Question Use of the word "pause" in English. Is this correct?

    Hi, guys! How ya doin’?

    I have a question: Can I use the word "pause" to express a break in the speech of a character?

    "LISA: Maybe she just wanted to leave me! (pause) Bye, bye... I'll call you!"

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    Re: Use of the word "pause" in English. Is this correct?

    Once again, I don't know how this is done in script-writing. You need to look at those guides. I would *think* but don't know that you give a stage direction between the lines. Something like "stares at his coffee" or "closes his eyes briefly" to express the pause.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Use of the word "pause" in English. Is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Once again, I don't know how this is done in script-writing. You need to look at those guides. I would *think* but don't know that you give a stage direction between the lines. Something like "stares at his coffee" or "closes his eyes briefly" to express the pause.
    //Generally// Only the word "pause" is not enough to express it?

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    Re: Use of the word "pause" in English. Is this correct?

    I would understand the meaning if I were reading the script as literature.

    I am unable to answer how it should be formatted for a true script.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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