Proper Punctuation


I'm writing a novel and have become confused over the proper use of ellipses, em dashes and italics.  Each has a specific function, but I cannot find the right tool for these circumstances:


1) Dialogue interruption ( "But Jane, you must —")


2) Trailing thought (Unless . . . there was an accident?)


3) I remembered what he said:  We should row to shore.


Thanks for your thoughts.

asked Aug 21 '11 at 18:43 Liesa Malik New member

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All of these look correct.


Please keep in mind, however, that the primary use of an ellipsis is to signify an omission of information.  The em dash can be used to mark a pause in thinking.

link comment answered Aug 23 '11 at 23:56 Kimberly Expert

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