how do the different dashes work and how do you use them omg someone help me... Also the use of ellipses in a novel how do those work
Are they formated that way, though? With them all together and a space between the words? I see them sometimes. . .like this . . . or like this. And do you ever capitalize the word after?
What about interjecting your own thoughts? Like, a character is saying something, briefly changes the subject or explains something, and goes back to what they were saying. I see dashes for that but what kind are those? Example:The thing stood there–human or otherwise–and stared back at me.I'm pretty sure you can change it to commas, can't you?And on that note, how should semicolons be used?(Sorry that's a lot lol)
semicolons get used in the following circumstances:- when you're making a list and want to include extra informationlike so:He bought apples, because he liked them; bananas, which he hated; lychees, which he'd never eaten; and carrots, for cooking.- in a sentence that joins two ideas that could go in separate sentences or you could use a comma or a colon.like so:They were huge, brown cows; he hated cows.I'll steal your example for the other bit.The thing stood there - human or otherwise - and stared back at me.You're supposed to put spaces between the words and dashes.On Word, and I think that Docs does this as well, this gets corrected to em dashes.The thing stood there — human or otherwise — and stared back at me.
You can also use them in place of a single dash.E.g.They couldn't believe what they saw - it was monstrous.They couldn't believe what they saw; it was monstrous.
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