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I want to ask something that's been bugging me.

If you have a ... in your sentence or dialogue, do you add a space after it or not?


I'm currently writing something. Here's an excerpt of my story with the ... in it.

My mom just laughed at me. Because, hey, who was I kidding? I was the one in the family who often trips... without obstacles... on even floor.

"Honey, you tried tennis. Look where that got you?" Mom leaned her head on her hand while staring at me.

"Tennis... tennis isn't really my sport. I dunno..." I mumbled and averted my eyes, uncomfortable.

I hope someone can help, thank you!~ :saberduel2:

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MikleoKrein wrote:
02 Jul 2018, 15:51
I want to ask something that's been bugging me.

If you have a ... in your sentence or dialogue, do you add a space after it or not?


I'm currently writing something. Here's an excerpt of my story with the ... in it.

My mom just laughed at me. Because, hey, who was I kidding? I was the one in the family who often trips... without obstacles... on even floor.

"Honey, you tried tennis. Look where that got you?" Mom leaned her head on her hand while staring at me.

"Tennis... tennis isn't really my sport. I dunno..." I mumbled and averted my eyes, uncomfortable.

I hope someone can help, thank you!~ :saberduel2:
Yes, there should be a space after the ellipsis, the three dots.
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thats a correct way of writing

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I might not put a space before the ellipsis, though. Now I am confused. Is there a way to confirm this?
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I believe that there should be a space after, but not before, as you have written above.
I don't have a source for this, but if you use a full stop to finish a sentence you'd add a space after the full stop but not before, which is why I don't think one would be needed before the ellipsis.

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hi! I want to ask, when analysing a book, which should be used, present or past tense?

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Harley-Panda wrote:
07 Aug 2018, 09:45
I believe that there should be a space after, but not before, as you have written above.
I don't have a source for this, but if you use a full stop to finish a sentence you'd add a space after the full stop but not before, which is why I don't think one would be needed before the ellipsis.
I think so too

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pre106-2 wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 16:55
hi! I want to ask, when analysing a book, which should be used, present or past tense?
Normally, you should use present tense. However, as long as you are consistent, not too many people should go after you for it.

Also, you should probably have opened a separate topic for this. That way, people can get back to you quicker!
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Both the Chicago and APA styles mandate inserting a space before and after the ellipsis points as well as in between. For example, "I am going home to wash . . . and clean the apartment."
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ayoomisope wrote:
31 Dec 2018, 09:55
Both the Chicago and APA styles mandate inserting a space before and after the ellipsis points as well as in between. For example, "I am going home to wash . . . and clean the apartment."
Thank you, I read the three dots, ellipse, the same way I perceive a hyphen between thoughts.

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