Em Dash or Ellipsis

Jo Robinson with the low down on the correct use of Ellipsis and Em dashes… something to think about…..

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An ellipsis is three or four dots with spaces in between . . . and an em dash is a long dash, usually made by typing two single (en) dashes — next to each other, usually with no spaces between them and their adjoining words. They are called en or em because of their lengths, m being longer than n. En dashes are usually used as hyphens within particular words, and em dashes are used either within sentences or at the ends of them.

Not all authors have formal degrees in English, and most certainly, not many readers do either. Readers and book clubs that aren’t also writers are very unlikely to have lengthy debates about the correct use of em dashes and ellipses. Unless something is particularly jarring to a reader, they aren’t going to care whether any particular use of an em dash is grammatically…

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1 thought on “Em Dash or Ellipsis

  1. I just love the sound of the word ellipsis, how did it come to represent humble dots? I must also confess I was putting dots in my writing before I discovered a while back they had a name. Now I’m off to read Jo’s blog properly.

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