Ellipses and dashes? Where does Grammarly get its information?
The ellipsis? Grammarly reports the way I do them is incorrect. I say they are incorrect! : )
Without getting into long detail, if the way I do them is wrong, why are all the New York Times Best Seller's using the space, dot, space, dot, space, dot, space? Example: "Uhh . . . call first."
Where is Grammarly getting their information? I am wondering if the rules have changed recently with the publication of the 16th version of Chicago Manual of Style.
I have the same comment and question regarding dashes. The NYT best sellers all print dashes the opposite of ellipses and have NO spaces on either side.
Example: "They finished with more coffee--Aron now thought he wouldn't sleep for weeks--and fresh fruit and yogurt."
A style manual is a set of rules for a particular style. There are many different styles. Chicago might have a corner on the market where you write, but there are other corners & other markets. I don't speak for Grammarly - just volunteer in discussion on this forum. I generally use the same style that they do... no spaces. If you are on Facebook, you'll notice the same there after any comment. There is a field that says "Write a comment..." I'd venture to say that once something is so commonly seen by the masses it will become the norm.
When setting type for printed publications, typesetters often tweak the amount of space (regardless of style) between periods of an ellipsis to make the line fit the page better. I am in the US myself, but I believe that in the UK the style is usually without spaces. Also, different styles (MLA, APA) have various rules on when to use an ellipsis, a dash, an en dash, or em dash.
|link||answered Jan 26 '12 at 03:22 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
I have to agree with Scherphorn. Perhaps Grammarly does not want writers to be perfect, otherwise, what need would there be for Grammarly. When writing fiction, I sometimes get confused about how dashes and ellipses should "technically" appear on the page. Often, I refer to the punctuation styles of best sellers and figure out proper punctuation. I'm not sure Grammarly is 100% kosher.
|link comment||answered Apr 27 '12 at 02:56 Kevin Knott New member|
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